31 May 1996

Lindane wont be banned

GOVERNMENT has given the insecticide lindane the green-light despite fears among some groups over its implications for human health.

In a written parliamentary answer to Roy Thomason (Con, Bromsgrove), junior farm minister Angela Browning said that the government had accepted the advisory committee on pesticides review findings that all of the present agricultural uses of lindane should continue without unacceptable risks to either people or the environment.

The Pesticide Trust said it regretted the decision, adding that countries as diverse as Scandanavia and Columbia had banned lindane on health grounds.

There are fears, which have not been substantiated, that exposure to lindane can lead to breast cancer and birth defects. The US Environmental Protection Agency has also classified lindane as a possible carcinogen. &#42