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Chlorpyrifos Linked to Brain Damage in Children

Chlorpyrifos is a widely used insecticide (meant to kill bugs) that is linked to serious brain damage in fetuses, pregnant women, and small children. The toxic substance can be consumed as a residue on food, in drinking water, or contaminated air. Over 60 scientists and medical professionals stated in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency last year that exposure to chlorpyrifos, even in low doses, can cause brain damage characterized by diminished cognitive ability, memory problems, childhood tremors, ADHD, autism, and delays in motor development. The research available today holds that these disruptions in children’s brain development appear to be permanent and irreversible.

Dow Chemical has been marketing the insecticide since the 1960s. It is currently one of the most widely used pesticides in the United States. Just last year, more than 6 million pounds of the chemical was sprayed on US crops, including citrus fruits, apples, cherries, strawberries, oranges, bananas, broccoli, nuts, corn, and soybeans.

Those living in close proximity to farming operations and those working on farms are most at risk of chlorpyrifos poisoning.

We are investigating claims due to exposure to this highly toxic chemical. Please contact us for more information.