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Do Amazon Boxes Contain Pesticides

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Maria Garcia
• Saturday, 05 December, 2020
• 8 min read

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is very low risk for the coronavirus to spread from packages that have traveled over a period of days. Now playing:Watch this: Best practices for safe shopping, delivery and takeout...

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The first response was that we do indeed need to go through the certification protocols, but when we wrote back, the second response was to do nothing, so we received completely opposite directions from support. Our notices were not for media related items at all, and also not at all related to pesticides … A Merino Wool Top, a set of bedsheets and a pair of safety goggles were the 3 items we got notices on so far.

Dexterm: What about books being listed as Rhino Male Enhancement products? Your AI is out of control and needs a major overhaul.

Our product is a Softball and Baseball organizer and is made in the US. Seamed: Our new requirements do not apply to listings of media products such as books, video games, DVDs, music, magazines, software, and videos.

Seamed: If you have any further questions, please contact Selling Partner Support. I am posting these questions here because we have had two cases open since Monday, one with Amazon Seller Support and one with Brand Registry Support, and we have received no information on when we can edit our not-at-all-pesticide listings again.

What is the email to contact selling partner support? You took 4 of my listings down with this new pesticide ruling but my products are fabric bags and nothing to do with them.

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My listings have been inactive for 24 hours now and I’m losing sales. Our problem is not with the email, but now we can not list products.

“To sell Pesticides and Pesticide Devices on Amazon .com, you must be a resident of the USA and complete an e-learning and related test. I received a notice stating that I have sold pesticides in the past.

Friday runs Amazon and apparently thinks Body Glove cases (our email) is a pesticide. In a world where recycling is being encouraged, this presents some potentially serious problems that aren’t being widely discussed.

Some things have simply not been designed to be reused, and recycling toxic materials just spreads the contamination further afield, causing low level poisoning and some kinds of chronic health problems. The trend to build all kinds of indoor furniture and garden beds out of pallets is quite troubling.

Screenshot from google image search of reused pallets Note potentially hazardous furniture for children and food use The following documentary depicts some serious problems related to clothing (as well as some other items that were shipped long distances) when saturated with health harming levels of pesticides.

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Toxic contamination and subsequent health damage can come from so many unexpected places for those of us who are more “sensitive” to pollution, and it can send those of you who are not yet affected on your way to. We need verified, safe supply chains, especially for children, those of us with MCS/ES and other vulnerable populations (I would include all life forms here).

Pesticide registrants and refillers (who are often distributors or retailers) must comply with the regulations, and pesticide users must follow the label instructions for cleaning and handling empty containers. Some states regulate the storage of pesticides in small portable containers.

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFA) governs the sale, distribution and use of pesticides in the United States. Pesticides are regulated under FIFA until they are disposed, after which they are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (CRA), which ensures responsible management of hazardous waste and non-hazardous solid waste.

In fact, a recent Consumer Reports survey of 1,050 people found that pesticides are a concern for 85 percent of Americans. Experts at Consumer Reports believe that organic is always the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow our food.

For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are traces of 29 different pesticides in the average American’s body. “It’s not realistic to expect we wouldn’t have any pesticides in our bodies in this day and age, but that would be the ideal,” says Curtain.

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This tool shows the risk of pesticide exposure from eating 48 fresh conventional fruits and vegetables from 14 different countries. Analyzing 12 years of data from the Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program, Consumer Reports' scientists, in consultation with Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., of Washington State University, placed each produce-country combination into one of five risk categories.

On the package of produce sold in bags and boxes, like apples, mushrooms, and rewashed lettuce There’s data to show that residues on produce have actually declined since 1996, when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act.

This law requires that the EPA ensure that levels of pesticides on food are safe for children and infants. In its latest report, more than half of the samples had residues, with the majority coming in below the EPA tolerance levels.

A lot of the data comes from studies of farmworkers, who work with these chemicals regularly. Studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure in this group to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; prostate, ovarian, and other cancers; depression; and respiratory problems.

There’s some suggestion that adults and children living in farm communities could also be at risk for chronic health problems. The fact that pesticide residues are generally below EPA tolerance limits is sometimes used as “proof” that the health risks are minimal.

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… Many of these chemicals have known or suspected carcinogenic or endocrine-disrupting properties.” Endocrine disruptors can block or mimic the action of hormones, even at low doses. “Endocrine effects aren’t sufficiently factored into the EPA pesticide-tolerance levels,” Curtain says.

“And there’s concern they could cause reproductive disorders; birth defects; and breast, prostate, and other hormone-related cancers.” Organic, on the other hand, is a strictly regulated term, so you can trust that you're getting produce grown with minimal if any synthetic pesticides.

FACT: When we asked about Americans’ major pesticide concerns, for most people water contamination didn’t rise to the top of the list. “Fetuses, babies, and kids are more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides because their organs and nervous systems are still developing,” says Philip Adrian, M.D., director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

And children’s risk is concentrated because they eat more food relative to their body weight than adults. Even small amounts of pesticides may alter a child’s brain chemistry during critical stages of development.

One study of 8- to 15-year-olds found that those with the highest urinary levels of a marker for exposure to a particularly toxic class of pesticides called organophosphates (Ops) had twice the odds of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as those with undetectable levels. Another study found that at age 7, children of California farmworkers born to mothers with the highest levels of Ops in their bodies while they were pregnant had an average IQ 7 points below those whose moms had the lowest levels during pregnancy.

That’s comparable to the IQ losses children suffer due to low-level lead exposure. “Pesticide exposure likely increases the risk, first, of cancerous tumor development, and, second, your body not being able to control a tumor growth,” says Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University and a consultant to Consumer Reports.

In addition, research has linked endocrine disruptors with fertility issues, immune system damage, and neurological problems. “But you can’t compare conventional and organic farming in an oranges-to-oranges kind of way,” says Michael Slight, a farmer, founding chairman of the National Organic Standards Board, and Just Foods Program director at Rural Advancement Foundation International.

Before a pesticide is even approved for use in organic farming, it must be evaluated for potential adverse effects on humans, animals, and the environment, and prove it’s compatible with a system of sustainable agriculture. And farmers must follow integrated `pest-management plans that require that they use any approved organic pesticide as a last resort and develop strategies to avoid repeated use.” Those differences have implications for personal health but also for the health of farmworkers and the planet.

What’s more, the USDA measures pesticide residues after produce has been rinsed in cold running water and/or inedible peels and rinds are removed. So the pesticide residues used to calculate our dietary risk guide are those that remain after the fruit or vegetable has been prepped the way you would at home.

Researchers at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station compared rinsing fruit and vegetables in plain water for one minute with washing them with vegetable washes (four different ones) and a solution of dishwashing soap and water. Rubbing produce with soft skins like peaches or using a vegetable brush on harder items like potatoes or carrots will help remove residues, dirt and germs.

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