Two of the most common Banned products are Organochlorines and Organphosphates.
Chlordaneis an example of a widely-used organochlorine that is now not available in the U.S. It was removed from commercial sales in 1988 following discoveries that it was a probable human carcinogen and its residual effects negatively impacted the environment. It was used for more than 60 years to kill termite colonies and other insects.
DDT Even though someone created DDT back in the 19th century, only around 1939 did Dr. Paul Muller discover that it was effective in killing insects, and shortly after, he won the nobel prize in medicine for this work.As a pesticide, DDT was first used during WWII. It was so effective as an insect killer that some called it the “atomic bomb” of pesticides. Because of all these uses for DDT, the United States used a lot of it during the mid-1900s. (At one point, the US was producing 220 million pounds of DDT a year!) By the 1970s, we began to get worried about DDT’s environmental and health effects. So finally in June of 1972, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Banned all use of DDT on crops.
Organophosphates are a diverse group of chemicals used in both domestic and industrial settings. Examples of organophosphates include insecticides (malathion, parathion, diazinon, fenthion, dichlorvos, chlorpyrifos, ethion), nerve gases (soman tabun, VX), ophthalmic agents (echothiophate, isoflurophate), and antihelmintics (trichlorfon). Herbicides (tribufos [DEF], merphos) are tricresyl phosphate–containing industrial chemicals.