State-of-the-Art Testing to Monitor Pesticide Exposure
Diquat and paraquat are non-selective contact herbicides commonly used for agriculture and industrial farming. Although
use of most forms of paraquat are restricted, its widespread usage leaves it prone to misuse and accidental poisonings.
Diquat is used as a general herbicide and, unlike paraquat, there are no restrictions on its use.
Test Code 1789 Diquat
Test Code 3325 Paraquat
These chemicals are toxic and can be life threatening from exposure. Paraquat poisoning affects various
organs, however the lungs are the primary target resulting in a high mortality rate following exposure.
Diquat is not taken up by the lungs, but is toxic to the kidneys. It is important to test for these chemicals to monitor exposure
and identify possible poisonings.