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Permethrin raises a medium level of health concern because:

  • This ingredient is suspected of causing endocrine-disrupting effects, according to Our Stolen Future (www.ourstolenfuture.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing cancer, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing reproductive toxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing endocrine-disrupting effects, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing skin or sense organ toxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing neurotoxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • This ingredient is suspected of causing gastrointestinal or liver toxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
  • Indicates the relative potency of an ingredient in this product, based on EPA's Toxicity Weight for inhalation exposures. Chemicals with higher potency are capable of causing toxic effects at lower doses.
  • Indicates the relative potency of an ingredient in this product, based on EPA's Toxicity Weight for ingestion exposures. Chemicals with higher potency are capable of causing toxic effects at lower doses.

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From Wikipedia

Permethrin is a common synthetic chemical, widely used as an insecticide, acaricide, and insect repellent. It belongs to the family of synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids and functions as a neurotoxin, affecting neuron membranes by prolonging sodium channel activation. It is not known to rapidly harm most mammals or birds, but is highly toxic to cats and fish.[1][2] It generally has a low mammalian toxicity and is poorly absorbed by skin....

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