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Petroleum Distillates in Pesticides

Petroleum distillates are separated from crude oil for many industrial uses. They can be found on a pesticide product label as active or "other/inert" ingredients. Mineral oil, naphtha, heavy fuel oil, waxes, and benzene are examples of petroleum distillates.

Pesticide manufacturers are not usually required to list other/inert ingredients. There are exceptions, like when a product contains more than 10% petroleum distillates. This is because of possible negative health effects.

Petroleum distillates as other/inert ingredients:

Petroleum distillates as active ingredients:

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Last updated February 12, 2020

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