France faces chlordecone crisis
The French government faces calls to lower maximum residue limits (MRLs), after expert warnings of a health crisis in the French Caribbean allegedly linked with pesticides. Extreme levels of the organochlorine insecticide, chlordecone, threaten inhabitants of the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, oncologist Professor Dominique Belpomme has warned, the AFP reports. The European Commission labelled the active ingredient as a persistent organic pollutant in 2005 (Agrow No 480, p 6). However, Professor Belpomme reportedly alleges that its use continued on banana crops in the French Caribbean.