Skip to main content

Learn about 17 of the most dangerous, widely used organophosphate pesticides in the U.S.

Coumaphos

koom-a-fos

Registered as a U.S. pesticide in 1979. Reregistered in 2006. Currently under registration review.

Overview

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.

Neurodevelopmental Harm

High Risk Exposure Routes

People are exposed to coumaphos through food and drinking water, even if they don’t live near areas where pesticides are sprayed. Details.

Food and/or Drinking Water

Occupational HandlersPeople involved in pesticide application process. Details.

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.

Registered Uses

Where EPA allows coumaphos to be used.

Bee Hive Pest Control Strips

Cattle Ear Tags

Livestock

Additional Information

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.

Learn about 17 of the most dangerous, widely used organophosphate pesticides in the U.S.