By Steve Fainaru-WadaAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Herbicides treated lawns by lawn herbicide manufacturers, which are banned in the United States, have been blamed for widespread illnesses in the U.S. and other countries.
Now the Food and Drug Administration says that the herbicides’ chemical make-up has been linked to multiple illnesses including asthma and eczema, the Associated Press has learned.
It’s a new twist in the long-running fight over how to limit the effects of the chemicals, which have been found in the air, water, soil and food.
The FDA on Tuesday banned the herbicide Roundup and its cousin, glyphosate, which is widely used in agriculture and other industries.
But the agency also allowed a chemical to remain on the market that is not approved for use in agriculture.
It wasn’t immediately clear how many people have been affected by the herbicidal chemicals, or how many have been exposed.
But the FDA said that people exposed to the herbivores were more likely to have asthma and allergies.
It said more than 7,000 people in the US have developed asthma and allergic reactions after using Roundup, according to the FDA.
The Associated Press is not naming the individuals because they are not legally required to do so.
The AP did not obtain an official list of those who have died from the herb-treated crops.