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Dec. 5, 2008

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Dec. 5, 2008
Government advisors on pesticide use have warned that new EU regulations could still remove up to 23 per cent of crop protection products currently on the market.

The UK Pesticides Safety Directorate released its latest report on the European Commission’s proposals for a new pesticide regulation today (Wednesday, December 3).

The report, conducted after a recent change of stance from Euro-politicians, confirmed that up to 23 per cent of crop protection products could be removed from the market if MEPs get their way.

It adds that up to 14% of products could still be lost if the Council's common position is adopted in its current state.

Chief executive of the Crop Protection Agency said the removal of close to a quarter of currently used pesticides would result in a significant decline in crop yields and force food prices up.

“We continue to call on the UK Government to seek agreement with other Member States to include a safeguard clause in the final Regulation, setting up a Council Work Group to carry out a full EU-wide impact assessment on this legislation before it comes into law.

“We are also seeking an urgent food chain meeting with the Defra Secretary of State Hillary Benn, to discuss this issue as we rapidly approach the final vote on this Regulation expected in early January,” said Mr Dyer.

Many of the crop protection products under threat are of key importance for protecting against pests, fungus and blight in cereals, fruit and vegetable crops, including wheat, apples and potatoes, said Mr Dyer.

EU agriculture ministers are due to discuss all proposals in Council later this month in an attempt to reach a final agreement early next year with the Parliament and European Commission.

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