THE EUROPEAN Union has warned the Ugandan government that its plans to use the insecticide DDT may harm its exports of fruit and produce to EU countries.

The Times reports that Uganda is currently planning to use the pesticide to tackle mosquitoes in an attempt to curb the rise in malaria cases.

The EU is insisting that Uganda incorporate proper safety controls to reduce contamination of its fresh fruit and produce destined for export.

According to DEFRA statistics Uganda exported £4.297m worth of fresh fruit and produce (including frozen and chilled fish) to the UK in 2003.