The proposed criteria fail to make any distinction between those substances which can cause actual harm, and those which pose no threat to human health. Also lacking in the proposals was any consideration of the potency of a chemical - one of the most important factors when evaluating a substance for endocrine disrupting properties.
Human health and the responsible use of pesticides is and must always be our highest priority. Pesticides are amongst the most heavily regulated products in Europe and it currently takes about eleven years, costing over £200m to bring an active ingredient to market. It is this process, backed by effective and independent regulatory scrutiny, that ensures the public can have absolute confidence in the safety of our products.
Nick von Westenholz, CEO of the CPA said;
“What’s missing from these proposals is an understanding of the difference between risk and harm, it is disappointing that the European Commission has failed to make that distinction.
“The reality is that everyday life is full of things that could cause harm, but we manage appropriately because they are very useful. Crop protection products are no different.
“These new criteria, if badly implemented, will result in farmers losing safe and essential tools that help them to produce the food we all take for granted.”