28 April 1998
Shoppers to get better information on pesticides
By Trevor Mason, Press Association
CONSUMERS are to be given more information on products tested for pesticide residues under a move announced by the Government last night.
The brand names of thousands of tested products would be made public along with their individual test results, Food Safety Minister Jeff Rooker disclosed in a Commons written reply.
The change was aimed at “improved openness and information” for
shoppers, he said.
“I believe the new arrangements will allow consumers to make a more informed choice about the food that they buy.”
Mr Rooker commented in a statement: “Britains food surveillance programme is one of the best in the world.
“These tests will help to expose those growers who break the rules by using the wrong types of pesticides or too much pesticide.
“If the wrong types of pesticides are used, enforcement action is taken. In the worst cases, growers can be, and are, prosecuted.
Up to 4,000 samples are gathered every year and subjected to up to 80,000 separate tests for pesticide residues in foods ranging from milk and potatoes to fruit and cereals.