Q. Have there been accidents reported related to the use of paraquat?
A. Yes. When paraquat was first introduced in the 1960s, a common malpractice was to decant pesticides into smaller containers such as drink bottles, without appropriate labeling. The original paraquat formulations were odorless reddish-brown liquids, which led them to be mistaken for drinks such as cola, tea, or red wine. Regrettably, a series of fatal poisonings due to mistaken ingestion occurred.