Bad chemistry campaign

You don’t need a doctorate in chemistry to see there’s something wrong with regulation of chemicals in Australia.
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  • Updated:11 Jan 2010

02.Bad chemistry campaign

 The issue:

Chemicals need firmer controls

Pesticide residues

CHOICE found strawberries contaminated with pesticide residues. We found some chemicals in higher concentrations than legally allowed and some that just shouldn’t be there at all.


Australia and Europe - two different stories

You can buy household pesticide products in Australia that use active ingredients that are no longer registered for use in the European Union.


Review process

The broad-spectrum insecticide maldison (also called malathion) has been under official review since 2003 because of concerns about its toxicity. Six years later, there’s no sign of the review being finalised.



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