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Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if chrysoidine has been investigated by the carcinogenic substances committee.

The Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment has considered chrysoidine, a dye which has been used to colour maggots used by coarse fishermen, on a number of occasions in the past. At its meeting on 29 October 1985 when it was last reviewed the committee reaffirmed earlier advice that it would be prudent for anglers who wanted to use chrysoidine to avoid skin contact with the dye by, for example, using gloves when handling the dye or when baiting hooks with the dyed maggots. The Government conveyed this advice to the National Federation of Anglers and the angling press at the time.