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The demands of consumers for high quality and
safe food means that there is an ever-increasing need for higher
standards in all stages of the food chain. This has led
to much stricter quality assurance requirements from buyers,
such as supermarkets and food processing companies.
requirements is the need for more effective control of pests,
such as rodents, which contaminate and destroy food while still
in farm stores.
At the same time, there is a greater recognition
of the need to protect and enhance wildlife in rural areas.
Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) aims to protect
wildlife while promoting and providing effective rodent control
through the responsible use of rodenticides in rural areas.
move comes as the government appointed Rodenticide Risk Assessment
Technical working group (RRAT) warns that irresponsible use
of rodenticides can result in animals, including predatory
birds and mammals, being exposed to these products.
In a bid
to ensure that any negative impact on wildlife caused by poor
pest control practice is eliminated, CRRU is actively promoting
the responsible use of rodenticides and has launched a code
under the banner 'Think Wildlife'. These
essential guidelines promote best practice in rodent control.
advising those using rodenticides to have a planned approach
and always using enough baiting points, to warning them never
to leave bait around at the end of treatment, the code will
help rural users to get the best results from their rodent
control programmes, yet reduce the potential harmful effects
Urging everyone to follow the guidelines, CRRU
Chairman Dr Alan Buckle says: "Rodenticides are a vital
tool to prevent disease, wastage and damage and protect food.
Those in the countryside must ensure best practice in pest
control procedures if they want to ensure access to rodenticides
in the future."
"And this code of essential guidelines
is only the start of a much longer campaign. A variety of initiatives
will be adopted to ensure responsible rodenticide use is firmly
on the agenda."