This Update replaces Regulatory Update 30/2009 issued on 9 September 2009. It clarifies the use of the ‘child and pet logo’ for products other than lawn treatments and amends the timetable for changing labels that do not comply with the new rules. In addition it clarifies the use of scatter diagrams and written instructions for slug pellet products. Revised sections are highlighted with a vertical line on the right of the text.
A large number of incidents reported to the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) involve garden pesticides and children. Children under 12 account for around 60% of all reported poisoning incidents and children under 4 represent the great majority of these. Although most of these incidents are not considered to be serious, the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) has made a series of recommendations to reduce children’s exposure to home garden pesticides, which have also been discussed with the Crop Protection Association’s (CPA) Garden Committee.