Author(s): Bumbrah GS, Krishan K, Kanchan T, Sharma M, Sodhi GS
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Abstract Metal phosphides in general and aluminium phosphide in particular are potent insecticides and rodenticides. These are commercially used for protection of crops during storage, as well as during transportation. However, these are highly toxic substances. Their detrimental effects may range from nausea and headache to renal failure and death. It is, therefore, pertinent to ensure their circumspect handling to avoid poisoning episodes. Its poisoning has a high mortality and recent years have seen an increase in the number of poisoning cases and deaths caused by suicidal ingestion. Yet due to their broad spectrum applications, these chemicals cannot be written off. The present communication reviews the various aspects of toxicity associated with metal phosphides. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Forensic Sci Int
and referenced in Toxicology: Open Access