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Label Review Training: Module 4: Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review, Page 10

Section 3: How should I review for clarity?


After addressing any big–picture organizational issues, examine statements word by word to ensure that every statement is specific and unambiguous. The following is an example of language that is unacceptable because it is not adequately specific.

Unacceptable Acceptable  
X crop group (such as ... )
X crop group (including but not limited to...)
X crop group (including [a list of all the specific commodities in crop X]) When a legal crop group name is used in the directions for use, it should be followed by a list of all the specific commodities in that crop. Do not use a partial list qualified by “such as” or “including but not limited to.”

The table below provides examples of words can that can be ambiguous. Inspect their use carefully to ensure that the intended meaning is clear. There are often legitimate uses of these terms in advisory text, so it is not possible to prohibit their use in all instances.

Ambiguous Words
should may near general
mean can about recommend
intend such as around avoid
preferably including vicinity  

Many of the above words can have implications for enforceability. Sections 5 and 6 of this module will further discuss enforceability and the specific language that is and is not acceptable in mandatory and advisory statements.

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