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Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Senator GREENWOOD - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The toxicity of 'dichlorvos' has been well documented for a number of years. In the form and concentration present in 'pest strips' it does not present a hazard when used under normal conditions. The National Health and Medical Research Council has recommended that: 'dichlorvos when impregnated in plastic resin strips, containing 20 per cent orless dichlorvos' be included in Schedule 5 of the Uniform Poisons Schedule. This schedule entails a warning statement on the labels: 'Warning. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed seek medical advice. Avoid contact with food.'

Expert committeesof the National Health and Medical Research Council continually review all pesticides.

I understand that all States have taken steps to ensure that a warning label similar to that recommended by the Council appears on pest strip packets. Any such action in the States is, of course, a matter for individual State Governments to decide.

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