Safety to People and the Environment

The safety of the food we eat and the environment are of paramount importance to us all. Syngenta invests many millions of pounds each year to ensure that our products pose minimal risks to the environment and to human safety.

All crop protection products must be registered and authorised by government regulators before they can be used. The registration and approval process requires that a broad range of safety investigations are conducted in all areas where there may be potential to cause harm to human health or the environment. The approval process is detailed and thorough; use of a product will only be authorised where safety can be demonstrated. It is an independent process, open to public scrutiny.

Crop protection products must be proven to be:

  • Safe – they must not be harmful to people who come into contact with them during their manufacture, application or at the point of consuming the food. They must also not be harmful to biodiversity and natural environments.
  • Specific – they should only be effective against the insects, diseases and weeds at which they are aimed and they must be applied in such a way as to minimise off-target exposure and effects.
  • Short-lived – after achieving the desired result, products should become inactive. For example, by readily breaking down into simple, harmless chemical components, which are themselves safe.

These key elements have to be demonstrated in order to meet the stringent safety requirements required by Syngenta and independent regulatory authorities.

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