How to Get Rid of Pesticides in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A public health group in Texas is calling on Texas public health officials to stop releasing pesticides that can be toxic to bees, after a study showed their use can lead to colony collapse disorder.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall for the insecticide Dicamba, which is used to kill the yellow-winged black widow spider, after an outbreak of colony collapse.
The pesticide was linked to at least five deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
State officials say the recall applies only to products manufactured or sold in Texas.
The FDA said it is also investigating the source of the pesticide.
The U.K.-based British pesticide company Dow Chemical Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dicamba is also linked to a severe disease outbreak in Europe that began in France and spread to other countries.
The company is still trying to identify the source.
The World Health Organization is working to isolate the culprit and determine the extent of the disease.___Follow AP reporter Michael Biesecker at www.twitter.com/mbieseck and https://www.facebook.com/_michael.biesecker.