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Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations she has received concerning the sale in the United Kingdom of chocolate containing traces of the pesticide Lindane; and what information she has as to which countries ban the use of Lindane.

I have not received any representations concerning the traces of Lindane found in samples of chocolate in the United Kingdom. Within the European Community, Lindane is authorised for use in all member states. We understand from data supplied to UNEP's international register for potentially toxic chemicals that Lindane is banned for use in Argentina, the former Soviet Union and Sweden.