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EU countries reach agreement on endocrine disrupting pesticides

EU countries reach agreement on endocrine disrupting pesticides

A majority of the EU countries on Tuesday agreed with the criteria that determine which pesticides hormones can disrupt.

Environmental and consumer organisations suggested in a comment that the health of the European population in the second plan. Endocrine disrupting chemicals can cause serious health problems, including cancer and infertility. The UN seeing them as a threat.

About the criteria for years gebakkeleid in Europe. Critics argue that the member states are guided by the interests of large chemical companies. According to EU parliamentarian Bas Eickhout (GroenLinks), it means “embarrassing” I agree that there are few or no pesticides from the market have to be met. He thinks that the EU-countries of their responsibility for the public health and the environment.

Precautionary principle

The European umbrella of consumer organisations, BEUC regrets that the precautionary principle is not respected. That would mean that in the case of scientific uncertainty potentially harmful substances will not be permitted.

BEUC director Monique Goyens calls on EU ministers and the European Parliament on the proposal back to the drawing board. Eickhout will work hard to ensure that the parliament is the criteria to stop it.

According to the European Commission on Tuesday was an “important step” to protect citizens from harmful substances. In a later stage the criteria for substances that are used in, for example, plastic packaging, cosmetics and toys.

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