OP withdrawal worries sheep men

23 December 1999

OP withdrawal worries sheep men

SOME producers are concerned about the withdrawal from the market of organophosphate (OP) sheep dip, according to The Herald.

Malcolm Morrison, chairman of the National Farmers Union of Scotlands livestock committee, said he feared withdrawal instructions from government could be the prelude to doing away with the dips completely.

He said OP dips were the most cost-effective treatment for scab, while alternative treatments were less effective and more expensive.

The government has announced the withdrawal of all organophosphate sheep dips in response to fears that the chemicals pose a danger to human health.

They will be withdrawn until new containers can be designed to reduce exposure to the chemical. The new containers are expected to be on the market by next summer.

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