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TOXICITY EVALUATION AND RISK ASSESSMENT OF BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL CONTROLS OF INVASIVE SPECIES

OEHHA provides scientific support to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) invasive species program.  In order to control invasive species in California, CDFA uses many measures including application of biological control (e.g., insect growth hormones and pheromones) and chemical control (e.g., pesticides) in affected areas.  To obtain more information on the invasive species program visit CDFA.

  • OEHHA evaluates toxicity, human exposure, and potential health risk of these measures considered or used by CDFA. 
  • OEHHA communicates its evaluations to local residents and public health officials through direct contact, attending public information workshops and meetings, distributing fact sheets, and posting information on its webpage.

Examples of invasive species treated by CDFA:

OEHHA published human health risk assessments, reports, and fact sheets on pesticides used in CDFA invasive species programs. These documents are organized by document type, product name (active ingredient in parentheses), and date published and can be found and accessed under “Documents” below. For more information, contact OEHHA at Pesticides@oehha.ca.gov or at 510-622-3170 or visit CDFA.

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