Q. Is paraquat an endocrine disruptor?

A. An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body's normal functions. Like all crop protection products, paraquat has been subjected to a full regulatory toxicological evaluation, including the required mammalian studies. Such studies allow for the examination of toxicological affects following repeated exposure of a range of species to paraquat. Studies such as these evaluate the ability of materials to cause significant adverse effects through endocrine disruption and no evidence linking endocrine disruption to paraquat has been found.