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Pesticides

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what pesticides have been banned for use (a) for reasons of public health and (b) for other reasons. (166777)

The following active substances are prohibited from use in plant protection products anywhere in the European Community because of their risks to health or the environment:

Mercuric oxide (mercury oxide);

Mercurous chloride (calomel);

Other inorganic mercury compounds;

Alkyl mercury compounds;

Alkoxyalkyl and aryl mercury compounds;

Camphechlor;

Ethylene oxide;

Nitrofen;

1,2-Dibromoethane

1,2-Dichloroethane;

Dinoseb, its acetate and salts;

Binapacryl;

Captafol;

Dicofol containing less than 78 per cent. of p.p.1—dicofol or more than 1g/kg DDT and DDT related compounds;

Maleic hydrazide and its salts, other than its choline, potassium and sodium salts;

Choline, potassium and sodium salts of maleic hydrazide containing more than 1mg/kg of free hydrazine expressed on the basis of the acid equivalent;

Quintozene containing more than 1g/kg of HCB or more than 10g/kg pentachlorobenzene;

Aldrin;

Chlordane;

Chlordecone;

Dieldrin;

DDT;

Endrin;

HCH;

Heptachlor;

Hexachlorobenzene;

Mirex;

Toxaphene.

In addition, many pesticide active substances have been withdrawn from use following reviews conducted both within the UK and by the European Community.