Chemicals

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions his Department has had with manufacturers of anti-freeze on the addition of bittering agents to reduce ingestion by animals.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

There have been no recent discussions between the Department and manufacturers of anti-freeze on adding bittering agents to reduce ingestion by animals. Some animal welfare groups and individuals have called for bittering agents to be added to anti-freeze but Cats Protection (a leading cat welfare organisation) point to research carried out in the US that suggests that such additions would not necessarily make any difference. Antifreeze products are already required to carry appropriate safety warnings under classification and labelling (CLP) regulations.

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