NFUS has secured the support of the Scottish Executive in
its campaign to overturn the ban imposed on the use of cypermethrin
The Scottish Executive has now written to the Veterinary Medicines
Directorate (VMD) requesting that it introduces regional authorisations
to allow cypermethrin use in Scotland. This latest move is based
on evidence heard at a meeting at NFUS headquarters with the VMD,
Scottish Executive, SEPA and other stakeholders.
At the end of February, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate suspended
the UK marketing of cypermethrin sheep dip, the only alternative
to organophosphate dips. The decision was based on some evidence
of pollution problems in England and Wales.
Chairman of the NFUS Livestock Committee Nigel Miller said:
"I hope we are moving a step closer to getting cypermethrin
back on the market in Scotland. The VMD's decision to withdraw
cypermethrin dips across the UK was based on evidence of problems
south of the border, not here. Yet it has deprived Scottish producers
of a vital tool in the fight against sheep scab. In particular,
it is of critical importance for organic producers as cypermethrin
was their only dipping option.
"We have a good track record in Scotland where a combination
of good practice and industry support has minimised and prevented
environmental problems with sheep dip use. Importantly at our meeting,
SEPA, the independent enforcement and monitoring authority, was
able to advise the VMD that the number of sheep dip related pollution
incidents has been at a low level.
"Regulation should always be correctly targeted and proportionate
to the risks; this ban fits neither of these criteria. We need
this product reintroduced as soon as possible and ahead of the
autumn dipping period. I warmly welcome the Executive's efforts
on this and sincerely hope that the VMD grant the Executive's and
industry's request for the reintroduction cypermethrin in Scotland.
The environmental and animal health evidence now presented justifies
such a move."
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