Food Law News - UK - 2001

FSA Statement, 9 February 2001

RESIDUES - The FSA's Approach to The Acceptability of Residues of Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines in Food

Conventional farming techniques use pesticides and veterinary medicines to ensure the health of animals and crops and to prevent wastage through disease or infestation. It is the Agency's view that people who want to buy foods produced in this way should be able to purchase and consume them with the confidence that no harm will result and that any residues are as low as practically possible.

The FSA's role is to ensure that food safety is given top priority during the authorisation and monitoring of pesticides and veterinary medicines. We will strive to ensure that the Agency's core values of putting the consumer first, being open and accessible and being an independent voice are applied to our work on pesticides and veterinary medicines.

The Agency accepts the use of pesticides and veterinary medicines in the production of food only if:

The Agency would not agree to the use of any pesticide if fruit or vegetables treated with it have to be washed or peeled to make them safe to eat.

The Agency will press for comprehensive and responsive food surveillance programmes to ensure that pesticides and veterinary medicines are being used properly and that consumers' exposure to these substances are within safety standards. We expect to see quick, effective action taken to protect consumers where there is evidence of misuse or where surveillance finds residues above acceptable levels.

The Agency undertakes to make information about the authorisation and surveillance of pesticides and veterinary medicines available to consumers in an understandable way.

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