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Warning issued on deadly chemical; PESTICIDE PRODUCT SUSPENDED FROM SALE NATIONWIDE AFTER CANCER SCARE.

Byline: JENNY MACKENZIE

GARDENERS and farmers across Warwickshire are being warned about a deadly chemical which has been on sale in the area and could cause cancer.

Products containing the chemical dichlorvos - used in some household pesticide products and in farming - has been suspended from sale across the country.

But Warwickshire County Council's Trading Standards Service is appealing for all householders and farmers in the borough to check their cupboards and get rid of this product.

The chemical is a genotoxic carcinogen that could cause cancer by damaging DNA.

A spokesman from the trading standards said: "The decision to suspend products containing the chemical nationally was made by the Health and Safety Executive and covers a range of agricultural, professional and domestic insecticide products.

"The suspension is intended to minimise the exposure to householders and those who work with pesticides to a remote but potentially significant health risk."

Trading standards officers are also asking retailers, and especially small shopkeepers, and market stallholders to check all their stock for the chemicals.

Any retailer in Nuneaton and Bedworth or suppliers concerned about the precautionary suspension are urged to contact the trading standards service on 01926 414000.

As a precaution members of the public are advised to discontinue use of the products and dispose of used or unused products in household rubbish bins.

Two public information and advice lines have been set up for information on non-agricultural products on 0151 951 5825 and agricultural dichlorvos- based products on 0845 050 4141.

o There are approximately over 40 non-agricultural chemicals, mainly pesticides, which contain the chemical.

These include Clean Off Small Space Fly and Moth Stripe, Fresh Ways Slow Release Insect Killer, Betterware Small Space Insect Killer and Shelltox Fly Killer - which is made by Temana International Ltd.
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