FoE wants FSA to have power to block pesticides


18 February 1998


FoE wants FSA to have power to block pesticides


FRIENDS of the Earth called for the proposed Food Standards Agency to have
powers to veto the sale of pesticides on health grounds.


Peter Riley, FoE food campaigner, told the Commons agriculture committee that the Pesticides Safety Directorate should be separated from its parent department, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and moved to the Department of
Health.


He conceded he could not prove a direct link between pesticide residues and
human illness, but pesticides were designed to harm living creatures and residues
should be eliminated from food.


The British Agrochemicals Association said only 1% of routine samples of food
commodities contained pesticide residues above the “maximum” recommended
level.


Geoff Bruce, chief executive of the pesticides directorate, said new
agrochemicals were generally more environmentally friendly.


  • Financial Times 18/02/98 page 11

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