Ethylene oxide

  • The European Commission (EC) has classified ethylene oxide as a pesticide.
    • Earlier it was classified as fumigant.
  • This means agricultural products being exported to European Union will now be mandatorily tested.

About Ethylene oxide

  • A flammable colorless gas with a sweet odour.
  • Used primarily to produce other chemicals, including antifreeze.
  • In smaller amounts, ethylene oxide is used as a pesticide and a sterilizing agent.
  • It has been classified as carcinogenic and mutagenic reproductive toxin.
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