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Pesticides: Orders and Regulations

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (125606)

No such amending regulations were made in 2000.

However, costs to both businesses and regulators were estimated when the latest consolidated regulations were drawn up. These came into force as the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 2005.

Copies of the regulatory impact assessment prepared in respect of these regulations are available in the Library of each House of Parliament.

These regulations on maximum residue levels provide standards for trade in crops and animal produce and also ensure a high standard of consumer protection in relation to pesticide residues in food.