16 January 1998

Pesticide code is given public slant

MAFFS code of practice on the safe use of pesticides has been tightened in a bid to put more emphasis on protecting public health.

Prepared jointly with the Health and Safety Executive, the revised code puts a legal obligation on those using pesticides to consult their local authoritys chief environmental officer beforehand. Those spraying in sites of special scientific interest or conservation areas must also inform the Nature Conservation Agency.

According to junior farm minister Jeff Rooker, the document seeks to give guidance on good practice to ensure pesticide products are safe, not only to the user but also to the public and the environment.

The NFU welcomed the revised code, saying it clarified the position for farmers and growers using pesticides and was more pertinent than the last code.