21 May 2021 Bulletin

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Malathion is an organophosphate parasympathomimetic that binds irreversibly to cholinesterase and has the molecular formula C10H19O6PS2. [1] It is a colourless liquid in pure form and a brownish-yellow liquid with a garlic smell when part of a technical grade solution. It is manufactured and does not occur naturally in the environment. [2] Malathion is an insecticide of relatively low human toxicity. In Australia and New Zealand it is known as maldison. [1]

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