Registered as a U.S. pesticide in 1979. Reregistered in 2006. Currently under registration review.
Coumaphos is used in the United States.
Geographic usage data for coumaphos is not available.
See detailed maps of usage by state and county for other organophosphate pesticides.
Human Health Effects
Even at low levels of exposure, coumaphos can lead to serious negative health effects.
High Residue Foods
Where residue levels of coumaphos exceeded allowable limits or were not legally allowed to have residues. Details.
[No high residue foods were specifically identified from the USDA’s PDP database.]
No detection does not necessarily mean there are no residues of concern. A relatively small sample of food products is tested and not all organophosphate pesticides are tested for.
Moreover, current U.S. pesticide tolerance levels are not protective against neurodevelopmental harm in children, so detections at or below tolerance levels do not indicate no harm.
Where EPA allows coumaphos to be used.
Bee Hive Pest Control Strips
Cattle Ear Tags
U.S. Tolerances Categories & Commodities for Coumaphos
The U.S. EPA sets maximum residue limits — known as “tolerances” — on the amount of coumaphos that may remain in and on foods. The tolerance is the residue level that triggers enforcement actions.
Tolerances have been set for coumaphos for: Agricultural Commodities and Milk Eggs Meat and/or Poultry. Maximum residue limits have been set for coumaphos by the U.S. EPA for the following commodities: Cattle, Goat, Hog, Honey, Honeycomb, Horse, Milk, Sheep
U.S. EPA Human Health Risk Assessments for Coumaphos
Human Health Risk Assessments are conducted by the U.S. EPA to estimate the nature and probability of harmful health effects in people who may be exposed to pesticide. They are used to make informed decisions about approving new pesticides and new uses of registered pesticides, and during our regular review of existing pesticides. Read the assessment for coumaphos.