13 January 1999
US pesticides get into UK food

CANCER-CAUSING pesticides currently being sprayed on US cotton are finding their way into the food chain in Britain, reports The Guardian.

Residues left on cottonseed cake and meal are being imported into the UK and used to feed beef, dairy cattle and pigs, the newspaper claims.

In 1997, 35,000 tonnes of cottonseed cake and meal were imported into the UK and sold to farmers.

The amount of cotton seed oil is even higher.

UK processors are expected to refine almost 100,000 tonnes of imported cottonseed oil by the end of this year for use in food production.

  • The Guardian 13/01/99 page 4/5 (Society)