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Pesticides Safety Directive Study

Volume 669: debated on Thursday 24 February 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 4 February (

Official Report, cols. WA 68–69), on what evidence from:

  • (a) human toxicological data;
  • (b) non-human mammalian toxicological data;
  • (c) general practitioner medical records;
  • (d) pesticide company doctor medical records;
  • (e) Health and Safety Executive Employment Medical Advisory Service medical records;
  • (f) information provided by the National Poisons Information Service;
  • (g) data from biochemical investigation tests; and
  • (h) other information
  • the Pesticides Safety Directorate has concluded that "62 incidents … did not demonstrate a causal link between the pesticide and symptoms described". [HL1364]

    The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    (Lord Whitty)

    The Pesticides Safety Directorate has not drawn any conclusions from the limited data submitted. The reports provided in response to this exercise do not contain the toxicological data or medical records necessary to demonstrate proof of a causal link. The results of the study have been sent to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) and the Health and Safety Executive's Pesticides Incident Appraisal Panel (PIAP) which are currently considering them.