Local January 22, 2024 | 3:42 pm

Government bans import of Phosfin, the toxic chemical used in fatal fumigation incident

Santo Domingo.- The government has issued a ban on the import of Phosphine Aluminum Phosphide, the chemical responsible for the fatal fumigation incident at the Da Silva 3 tower, where two individuals lost their lives due to poisoning. Minister of the Presidency, Joel Santos, disclosed this information following the weekly Citizen Security meeting at the Police Palace.

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On Monday, the Government also mandated the evacuation of residents from Torre Da Silva in the Piantini sector of the National District, where the inappropriate fumigation occurred, resulting in two fatalities. The Ministry of Agriculture, as reported by the Minister of the Presidency, has temporarily prohibited the importation of the chemical linked to the incident.

Phosphine Aluminum Phosphide is a dark gray or dark yellow crystalline solid used as an insecticide, grain fumigant, and flare ignition agent. Classified as a hazardous substance, it serves as a rodenticide, insecticide, and fumigant for stored grains. Additionally, it is employed to control small mammals such as moles, rabbits, and rodents. Notably, it is highly toxic to humans, categorized as Class I, indicating its potential lethality based on the LD50 (50% lethal dose), which measures the amount of a substance that, when administered to experimental animals, results in the death of 50% of the population.

The tragic incident in Torre Da Silva III underscores the deadly nature of Phosphine Aluminum Phosphide, prompting urgent measures by the government to address its importation and use in the country.

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Paul Tierney
January 22, 2024 8:09 pm

How and why the “French artist” was able to obtain this hazardous substance is the question to be asked? Was there a caution label that came with the product? Too many times the authorities make corrections after the fact. Proactive officials are in rare supply, they are needed to save us from ourselves.

Paul Tierney
January 23, 2024 8:56 am

It is very tragic the loss of life of the mother and child because of the use of Phosphine Aluminum Phosphide and its improper fumigation at Di Silva 3 tower.

The RD is not heavy informing the public of the risks of toxic substances used commonly in the country. Apathetic authority oversight of vendors, storage, labeling, instruction literature, purchase, and the use of toxic substances in the country leads to tragedies of this type.

On top of all this lack of management of toxic substances, there is no poison control center in the country to consult if and when someone has been poisoned.