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California Officially Lists Common Pesticide Atrazine as Reproductive Toxin

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California today listed atrazine — the second-most widely used pesticide in the United States — under Proposition 65 as a chemical known to be linked to birth defects, reduced male fertility and reproductive toxicities in women. Products containing atrazine will now require a warning label before they can be sold in the state.

“This is an important action that California’s taken: ensuring its residents know about the serious risks associated with a very common pesticide,” said Jonathan Evans, environmental health legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’ll be a strong incentive for users to switch to safer forms of weed control.”

“Scientists have warned about the hormone-altering effects of this toxic farm poison for years, so this movement by California is welcome,” said Caroline Cox, research director at the Center for Environmental Health. “People have a right to know that risky farm chemicals like atrazine can cause severe reproductive health problems."

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