The full story can be found in The Green Times :
As a result of the V&A Poisonings, The TATIB Foundation received a large number of emails from members of the public requesting help with similar cases of exposure to pesticides.
Timberlife's website : www.timberlife.co.za
but only the CTX 108 Data Sheets . See link below :
From past experience, with treated timber, our research had shown, that more than often [and this has been confirmed by international laboratory studies] the inactive ingredients are more toxic than the active ingredients. We took note, on the CTX 108 Data Sheet, that the active ingredients had been dissolved in "aromatic solvents". It was interesting that neither the names of the active ingredients nor the names of the actual "aromatic solvents" had been specified on the CTX 108 Data Sheets. Surely the end user, the "customer", has the right to know the ingredients of the product he is using or about to use so that he/she can make an informed decision with regards to the safety of a product?
Believing that "feedback is the food of kings" and that "the customer is always right " and hoping that Timberlife would bend over backwards to give us the information that we needed, we sent Timberlife a couple of emails, in which we requested that they send us the statutory Product Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets [ as required by law] . We also asked that they give us details of not only the active ingredients, but also the inactive ingredients of Timberlife CTX 108.
Our intention was never to hold Timberlife liable for the damage to the health and property of the complainants [a High Court date has already been set with regards to the damages claim being made against Pestokill the company that applied the product] but to simply get more information from them, the suppliers of the product, as we felt that they had a "duty of care" to furnish us, and the victims, with details as to the side effects and toxicity of their product so that steps could be taken to prevent any further damage to the health of the complainants, especially now that they have a 5 month old baby girl. It was never our intention to "harm" Timberlife's business, after all our requests were submitted to them and only them, and all we were asking for was statutory information, not trade secrets!! Timberlife did not apply the CTX 108 and so cannot be blamed for the unlawful application made by Pestokill. But as the manufacturers of the product they really should, in our opinion, have been prepared to furnish us all with the information that we had requested.
Do you, the end user, have the right to know the ingredients of a product that you have purchased ? Do you as a consumer, have the right to do your own research so as to establish the safety of a product that you will come into close contact with on a daily basis ?
We have managed to get a copy of the statutory Product Label from the National Department of Agriculture, which can be found at the following link :
Take note that the product contains :
- Cypermethrin [synthetic pyrethroid]
- TCMTB : 2-[thiocyanomethylthio] benzothiazole [organosulphur compound]
- Aliphatic and aromatic petroleum solvents [Fluidar 100 and others]
Note the highlighted warnings on the attached Product Label for Fluidar 100 :
More on Cypermethrin , a suspected carcinogen and possible endocrine disruptor can be found here :
Following further tests, on the soil in and around the house and below the timber floors, the risk manager for Wasteman Holdings, has we have been told, indicated that the degree of contamination was very serious indeed and may entail wider environmental impacts.
It has recently been confirmed that the National Department of Agriculture has laid charges.