The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today notified consumers that laboratory testing has shown “Triple Action Neem Oil Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Insecticide, and Miticide” contains pesticide active ingredients not listed on the product label. During testing, the presence of malathion, chlorpyrifos, and permethrin were confirmed.
While consumers expect neem oil to be a safe natural product, the pesticides detected are not. Chlorpyrifos is a restricted use pesticide, for use in specific agricultural settings, and never in a home setting. Malathion is an insecticide used to control insects in agricultural or residential areas. Permethrin, an insecticide, is a pyrethroid — a synthetic chemical that mimics a natural extract.