SAFE – OSHA-friendly, EPA & FDA Approved Naturally Occurring Bio Chemical
OSHA-FRIENDLY, EPA and FDA approved as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe)
The fluid used in BirdBuffers – Avian Control® (active ingredient: methyl anthranilate or MA) or EcoBird 4.0 is approved and safe for use around people, plants, food, and animals in all 50 states in the USA.
From the EPA Human Health Assessment (pg.2) “Methyl Anthranilate (MA) is a naturally-occurring substance found in many plant species such as corn, sunflowers, grapes, and cherries. There is reasonable certainty that no harm will result to the general population from exposure to methyl anthranilate in the products containing this active ingredient when they are used according to label instructions. Residues of methyl anthranilate, a biochemical pesticide, are exempt from the requirement of a tolerance in or on all food commodities, when used in accordance with good agricultural practices.”
“MA was first registered by the Agency in 1985 for use as a bird repellent. It is used on agricultural sites and on other sites where nuisance birds create hazard, such as at airports and on turf. MA works through non-toxic mode of action by causing an uncomfortable response in the trigeminal nerve of birds. Birds are then conditioned not to return to the place of their discomfort. It is formulated as a liquid and is applied by foliage spray or fogger. Human exposure is considered minimal because of low application rates and rapid biodegradability. MA has negligible acute toxicity to humans, non-target insects, plants, birds, and fish.”¹
MA is listed by the Unites States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) as a flavoring compound in 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 182.60. The compound is classified as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), by the Expert Panel of the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA).
It is used as a flavoring agent in kool-aid, beverages, ice creams, candy, baked goods, gelatin, puddings, and chewing gum. Used in chewing gum and candy measured in parts per million is 2200 ppm. The amount of MA in BirdBuffer® vapor is less than 5 ppm.
The use of MA in fragrances is allowed by the Research Institute for Flavoring Materials (RIFM). One of the largest selling floral fragrances in the world uses MA as the important floral component. In this regard, it is not replaceable.