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Published: Saturday, Feb. 13 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Gloria Rivera

The loss of the Toone sisters is heartbreaking. I know and love the family. What a tragedy! I can't get over the sorrow!.... My heart, full of love and prayers, is joined to theirs.

Pesticides help us, when used professionally and observing all the safety guidelines for them. In this case, the safety guidelines were not observed. Someone's mistake had devastating consequences. Let us pray that our mistakes will not have such tragic and irreparable consequences.

Use MSDS infor

What the consumers should be given is a copy of the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that professionals use. The MSDS is in plain language with all product warnings, safety and treatment for any chemical it is assigned.

Consumer product labels are nothing but disclaimers in micro print and often intelligible or understandable. I think disclaimers should be banned from product labels and only how to use and safety information be placed on the labels.

Disclaimers have nothing to do with using a product and it discourages and interferes with reading the labels. Only information on an MSDS is necessary to label a product for use and safety. Retailers don't even understand the products they sell and they are supposed to be the experts that consumers rely on when buying our using chemical products.

Consumers can not be relied on or expected to know the chemistry of every product, disclaimers are only used as denial of responsibility of products. Disclaimer or not, the manufacturers are still responsible for use and consumer safety.

What may be the problem

If I had the guess I would say that fault lies with the test that people have to take to certify as a licenced pesticide applicator.

The test should drive home the point, in this situation what do you do to avoid killing or hurting people.

I've seen similar tests and they are very abstract, and if the training itself was abstract, it is not sufficient to drive home the point that should be made.

Anonymous

Pesticides are like Water and fire. They can warm a freezing man or burn him. Save a dying man or drowned him.

Need child safety devices. Put them in safe places. Used properly can kill deadly insects and diseases that get in your garden and even help farmers. But when fall in wrong hands tragedy results.

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There's no good pesticide, period. And what's even more scary is that apparently people don't know that pesticides are harmful.

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