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Pesticide Registration

PRN 2001-3: Insect Repellents: Labeling Restrictions for Use on Infants and Children and Restrictions on Food Fragrances and Colors

This notice announces EPA's approach to insect repellents bearing claims for use specifically on infants and children. Such products have sometimes borne statements such as, “Outdoor Protection for Kids” or “...for children” or “...for kids” or graphics featuring pictures of children. EPA believes that claims targeted to children as well as pictures of food or items predominantly associated with infants and children (e.g., toys) may be misleading. EPA believes that the label changes and policy clarification set forth in this PR Notice will reduce risks associated with the improper use of insect repellents and will improve consumer understanding. Additionally, this PR Notice states EPA's current position on insect repellents formulated to contain colors and fragrances predominantly associated with food (e.g., grape, watermelon, or orange). 

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