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Watch out for illegal pesticides

Watch out for illegal pesticides. That’s the message of a new campaign launched last week (17 January 2014) being led by the Voluntary Initiative and Red Tractor Assurance, and funded by the Crop Protection Association, NFU and Agricultural Industries Confederation.

Trade in illegal pesticides is increasing globally, often involving organised criminal gangs. The products are untested, and can contain inferior or even banned substances, which means using them could put sprayer operators’ health or the environment at risk, and potentially lead to prosecution.

Farmers, operators and agronomists are being urged to:

  • Buy pesticides only from known and reputable suppliers
  • Check packaging is professional, tamper-proof and securely sealed and has full label written in English
  • Check the product on the invoice and delivery note matches the product ordered and delivered
  • Report suspicious products and suppliers to the DEFRA helpline – 08459 33 55 77 (calls charged at local rate)

Check out the campaign video below.

 

Watch out for illegal pesticides. That’s the message of a new campaign launched last week (17 January 2014) being led by the Voluntary Initiative and Red Tractor Assurance, and funded by the Crop Protection Association, NFU and Agricultural Industries Confederation.

Trade in illegal pesticides is increasing globally, often involving organised criminal gangs. The products are untested, and can contain inferior or even banned substances, which means using them could put sprayer operators’ health or the environment at risk, and potentially lead to prosecution.

Farmers, operators and agronomists are being urged to:

  • Buy pesticides only from known and reputable suppliers
  • Check packaging is professional, tamper-proof and securely sealed and has full label written in English
  • Check the product on the invoice and delivery note matches the product ordered and delivered
  • Report suspicious products and suppliers to the DEFRA helpline – 08459 33 55 77 (calls charged at local rate)

Check out the campaign video below.