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Appropriateness of Labelling Practice for Pesticides in Korea
Bum Jin Oh, Hyung-Keun Roh, Won Kim, Gyu Chong Cho, Yoo Dong Shon, Hui Dong Kang, Kyoung Soo Lim
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2005;3(2):71-78
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: December 31, 2005
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine
2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Inha University Hospital, Inha University
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine
4Department of Emergency Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine
5Department of Emergency Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine
6Department of Emergency Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine
7Department of Emergency Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine

Purpose: The morbidity of pesticides are largely related with accidental ingestion in human. The four principal ideals of clarity, completeness, conformity and consistency of label are important to make a correct usage and prevent unnecessary health risk. The aim of this study is to evaluate the appropriateness of pesticides labelling practice in Korea. Methods: The photographic label images of pesticide products were gathered through visiting thirteen manufacturers that produce pesticide products in Korea. We scored labelling practice by guidelines of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1995. Results: From August 2005 to November 2005, we gathered 1,296 label images of pesticide and $58.3{\%}$ (755/1,296) of images were scored by check lists for reviewing label content. The average score of four check list categories was $71.9{pm}2.2$. Each categorical score were $91.7{pm}0.9$ for the information appearing on the label, $31.3{pm}0.0$ for safety precaution, $77.7{pm}2.0$ for instructions for use, $87.0{pm}8.7$ for general configurations. In safety precaution, the sentence of keeping locked up the product and two mandatory safety pictograms were missed in all label images. In general configurations category, there was score difference in product package types between bottle and bag container ($85.1{pm}9.0$ vs. $90.3{pm}7.2$, p < 0.01). Conclusion: Although there was no comparable previous data, the score of safety precaution was lowest than other categories because the two mandatory safety pictograms and locked up warning sentence were missed. In general configurations, the colour contrast was more inappropriate in the labels on bottle than bag container.

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