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Pesticides

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL2271, tabled on 19 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of glyphosate and neonicotinoids in crop production.

Answered on

1 November 2017

Pesticides are highly regulated in the UK and can only be used if scientific assessment establishes that they pose no unacceptable risks to people or the environment.

The Government keeps the developing evidence on neonicotinoids under review, advised by the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides. On the basis of current available evidence, we support the existing restrictions.

UK specialists participated in the European Food Safety Authority’s assessment of glyphosate and support its conclusions that glyphosate meets the safety requirements for approval. The Government therefore supports the continuing approval of glyphosate.