HC Deb 30 November 1979 vol 974 c847W
Mr. Stainton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that the United Kingdom pesticides safety precautions scheme is acting with proper caution in regard to the use of the weedkiller 2,4,5-T; and what are the material differences between permitted sales in the United Kingdom vis-à-vis Europe, Canada and the United States of America.

Mr. Wiggin

Yes. Sales are permitted in the United States of America, Canada and all EEC countries except Italy and the Netherlands. In Belgium, Luxembourg and Ireland, the maximum dioxin content is set at 0.01 mg/kg but in the remaining countries in question, including the United Kingdom, it follows the United Nation's World Health Organisation and Food and Agriculture Organisation specification of 0.1 mg/kg.

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