Dubai Municipality issues warning on pesticides

The Pest Control Section of Dubai Municipality has warned against the use of pesticides in houses without proper supervision of the concerned authorities because of the increase in suffocation cases being reported.

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Published: Wed 25 Sep 2013, 4:53 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:57 AM

Eng. Hisham Abdul Rahman Al Yahya, the head of the Pest Control Section, said it is highly dangerous to use toxic and deadly aluminium phosphide in homes for the eradication of rats and insects as this pesticide reacts with moisture and air to produce phosphine gas. The lack of awareness of this danger and the misuse of products may result in poisoning or even death.

“Consumers buy aluminium phosphide, which is usually in the form of tablets from individuals not licensed to sell, distribute or use these tablets. They are packed in cheap plastic bags with no warning labels on them,” Hisham said.

Ms. Zuhoor Hussain Al Sabbagh, Director of Public Health Services Department, explained that Local Order No 11 of 2003 on Public Health and Safety of the Community, Article 37, prohibits the importing and trading of pesticides without permission from the competent authority. In addition, pesticides must comply with the specifications approved by the department, in accordance with health and environmental standards and technical requirements for the handling of such pesticides and the prevention of risks.

“The aluminium phosphide can be used only in specific areas by the licensed specialists. The department has recently conducted 20 educational programmes and distributed 25,000 leaflets to raise awareness of the importance of identifying the factors and erroneous practices which cause the profusion of rodents and insects at home,” Zuhoor said.

She urged the public to cooperate with the civic body and report any violations, such as employing unauthorised workers for applying pesticides or selling illegal products in the market, by calling DM’s hotline: 800900

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