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Su lemental labels are often attached to esticide ackages. Before urchasing a esticide, make sure you have a com lete set of labels.


original label (the label attached to the container at the time of purchase). All regulatory requirements still apply to the use of these pesticide products. If these products are state or federal restricted materials, applicators must be certified and, in some cases, obtain permits and written recommendations prior to use. Licensed pest control advisors are allowed to make written recommendations for these products.

When U.S. EPA or DPR cancels or suspends a pesticide product, they often impose specific provisions for sales of existing stocks or continued use of the product. Pesticide applica- tors must comply with all sales and use provisions included in cancellation and suspension orders. A esticide roduct cannot legally be sold or used, nor can a

ermit be issued, contrary to any U.S. EPA or DPR cancellation or sus ension order.

Amending the Registered Label. Any changes made to the registered label, such as the addition of new crops, must be reviewed and accepted by U.S. EPA and DPR before the product bearing the proposed amended label can be sold or used in California. Pesticide applicators must comply with the label directions attached to the pesticide products they are using at the time.


Regulations set the format for pesticide labels and prescribe the information they must contain. The label contains mandatory and permis- sive statements for requirements and information. Mandatory statements must be followed. These statements include terms such as “shall” or “must.” Permissive statements include terms such as “should” and do not impose requirements. It is a violation of the law to use a pesticide in conflict with its registered label (Section 3), or other label issued under a Special Local Need (Section 24[c]) or Emergency

Exemption (Section 18). Also, any document referred to on the label becomes part of the label. The pesticide label or labels, including the docu- ments referred to, must be at the use site at the time of use. Some packages are too small, however, to have all this information printed on them. In these cases, EPA requires manufacturers to attach supplemental labels (Figure 1- 1). On metal and plastic containers, manufacturers put supplemental labels in plastic pouches glued to the side of the containers. Paper packages usually have supplemental labels inserted under the bottom flaps.

When to Read the Pesticide Label

Read the pesticide label (Figure 1-2)

  • 1.

    Before buying the esticide. Make sure the pesticide is registered for your intended use. Confirm that there are no restrictions or other conditions that prohibit using this pesticide at the application site. Be certain its use is suitable under current weather conditions. Also, be sure it controls the life stage of your pest. Find out what protective equipment and special application equipment you need.

  • 2.

    Before mixing and a lying the esticide. Learn how to mix and safely apply the material. Find out what precautions to take to prevent exposure to people and nontarget organisms. Learn what first aid and medical treatments are necessary should an accident occur.

  • 3.

    When storing esticides. Find out how to properly store the pesticide. Understand the special precautions to prevent fire hazards.

  • 4.

    Before dis osing of unused esticide and em ty containers. Learn how to prevent environmental contamina- tion and hazards to people. (Before disposal, check with the agricul- tural commissioner in your area for local restrictions and require- ments.)

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