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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
Asked on: 30 November 2016
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the minutes of the meeting in November 2015 between the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 08 December 2016

A summary of the meeting I held on 19 November 2015 with the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group is publicly available on its web site:

http://www.sheepdipsufferers.uk/campaigning/Summary%20of%20meeting.pdf.

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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
Asked on: 30 November 2016
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Organophosphates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to publicise better the 2014 findings of the Committee on Toxicity as far as they relate to the health effects of exposure to organophosphates.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 08 December 2016

The 2014 findings of the COT review on the health effects of the exposure to organophosphates is in the public domain and can be found on the COT’s website: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140909095303/http:/cot.food.gov.uk/cotstatements/cotstatementsyrs/cotstatements2014/cotstatorg.

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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
Asked on: 30 November 2016
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will meet the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group to discuss the effects of organophosphates.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 08 December 2016

My hon. Friend will be aware that I met the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group about a year ago and discussed this issue in depth. The Committee on Toxicity has looked at this issue exhaustively, examining 26 different studies over a period of more than a decade, and concluded that in the absence of acute poisoning there would not be meaningful long-term effects.

To the best of my knowledge there is no new scientific evidence available that would alter this conclusion. I am sympathetic to farmers suffering from ill health but at this time I do not feel a further meeting would be beneficial.

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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
Asked on: 30 November 2016
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the number of farmers that have reported illnesses relating to exposure to organophosphate sheep dips since 1990.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 08 December 2016

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has recorded the number of reports of suspected adverse reactions in humans to OP dips received each year since records began in 1985. To date this figure is 634. To the best of the VMD’s knowledge this is most comprehensive dataset available.

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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
Asked on: 30 November 2016
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheep Scab (Revocation) Order 1992
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish documents held by her Department relating to the reasons for the introduction of the Sheep Scab (Revocation) Order 1992.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 08 December 2016

The Sheep Scab (Revocation) Order 1992 revoked The Sheep Scab (National Dip) Order 1990, the Sheep Scab (National Dip) (Amendment) Order 1991 and the Sheep Scab Order 1992. This consequently ended the compulsory annual sheep dipping requirement.

The Government released information explaining why the decision was taken to end compulsory dipping, and the conclusions of the VPC reviews of organophosphate sheep dips at the time in May of this year. I sent a letter, explaining this, to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and this was copied to Tom Rigby of the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group.

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