Legislation removing a scheme that would have introduced the systematic review of agricultural pesticides has passed federal parliament with bipartisan support.
The scheme would have seen of dozens of pesticides that have never been assessed to ensure they are safe according to the most recent regulatory and scientific standards come under review.
CHOICE strongly supported the re-approval and re-registration scheme when it was introduced by the former government. The scheme was due to commence in July and would have required the review of agricultural and veterinary pesticides and chemicals that have never been assessed to today’s standards for potential risks to health and the environment.
More than 7000 consumers who signed our petition demanded that the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, keep the re-approval and re-registration scheme intact.
Supporters also contacted their local members and senators to raise their concerns. Despite these efforts, the scheme will now be abandoned.
While pesticides play an important role in Australia’s food supply, CHOICE believes it's critical that harmful chemicals are identified and removed from use.
The re-registration scheme would have provided consumers with the assurance that hazardous products which have not been properly assessed would be removed from use in food production.