Paraquat: Parkinson's Disease

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential role played by paraquat in the cause of Parkinson’s Disease.

Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential link between developing Parkinson’s disease and the use of the paraquat pesticide; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government’s first priority with regard to pesticides is to ensure that they will not harm people or pose unacceptable risks to the environment. A pesticide may only be placed on the market in Great Britain if the product has been authorised by our expert regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), following a thorough risk assessment

It has been illegal to sell or use paraquat in the UK since 2007. HSE has therefore not carried out a recent risk assessment.

HSE is aware that several studies have been undertaken investigating associations between exposure to paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. HSE is not aware that a causal link has been demonstrated.

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