§ Mr. Campbell-Savours
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the extent of non-compliance with recommended harvest intervals in the farming community.
§ Mrs. Fenner
Pesticide residue levels in foodstuffs are monitored under a programme carried out by the Government's working party on pesticide residues. Levels found in food in the United Kingdom are generally well below internationally accepted maximum residue limits and studies over 20 years have shown a steady decrease in the exposure of the United Kingdom population to persistent pesticide residues in food.