HC Deb 07 December 1966 vol 737 cc304-5W
71. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the circumstances in which Antu was approved for use as a rat killer before its withdrawal; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hoy

The rat poison Antu has been used in this country since 1948. The Advisory Committee on Pesticides and Other Toxic Chemicals reviewed its use in 1963 and recommended precautions to safeguard persons using it. These were subject to review at the end of 1966. The presence in Antu of impurities which might cause cancer was only established in September, 1966.