Strange smell in Tampa is 'Paladin' pesticide used by strawberry farmers

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Tampa, Florida -- The City of Tampa has addressed the strange smell around the area on Thursday morning. 

Tampa Fire Rescue and the Hillsborough County Health Department have determined the unusual odor in the air is not a health risk.  

A pesticide called Paladin was sprayed in Eastern Hillsborough County is causing the odor. It contains Dimethyl Disulfide, which the Environmental Protection Agency says is a safe compound.

Ted Campbell, who directs the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, told the Tampa Tribune it's the first year Paladin is being widely used by strawberry farmers. He says it's highly effective, but stinky.

Other than the unpleasant odor, there are no known health hazards

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