ABOUT THE SITE

News about this sector will be covered here, using links to take the enquiring reader further. It includes:

Life sciences (about 30% of the dollar output of the chemistry business) including differentiated chemical and biological substances, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics,   vitamins and vaccines.

Agrochemicals and allied technologies: genetic modification, animal health products, pesticides, also called “crop protection chemicals”, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.

Speciality chemicals are a relatively high value, rapidly growing sector. Typical growth rates are one to three times GDP with prices over a dollar per pound. Products include electronic chemicals, industrial gases, adhesives and sealants as well as coatings, industrial and institutional cleaning chemicals, and catalysts.

Consumer products include direct product sale of chemicals such as soaps, detergents, and cosmetics. Typical growth rates are 0.8 to 1.0 times GDP.

The site is intended for the general reader who is not on any of the relevant mailing lists, but posts will contain links for those who wish to go further.

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2 Responses to “ABOUT THE SITE”

  1. Stuart Wakefield March 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    I wrote a letter with my concerns about GMO, this is their reply;

    Dear Mr Wakefield,

    Thank you for your email of 2 March to the Secretary of State about genetically modified (GM) food and glyphosate. I have been asked to reply.

    We regard safety as paramount and we will only agree to the planting of GM crops or the marketing of GM foods if it is clear that people and the environment will not be harmed. We strongly support the principle that GM products must be assessed for safety on a case-by-case basis, taking full account of the scientific evidence. Within the European Union (EU) there is already a robust evaluation system based on independent analysis and we believe these controls will make sure that approved GM products are as safe as their non-GM counterparts.

    Any GM food and feed must pass a rigorous independent safety assessment before it is allowed on the market, and EU law requires any approved GM products sold in the UK to be clearly labelled, including foods derived from GM crops.

    As with GM foods, pesticides and herbicides are regulated to control risks to health and to the environment. Active substances such as glyphosate are assessed and approved at EU level. Products containing approved active substances are assessed and authorised at national level. Applicants for authorisation must show that their products are effective and have no harmful effects to people or unacceptable effects on the environment. If their products were to pose such risks, they would not be authorised; or if such effects were discovered later, they would be withdrawn.

    All pesticide approvals are subject to periodic review and the approval of glyphosate is currently going through this process. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) co-ordinated a detailed review of health and environmental data and identified no safety concerns. The UK Government agrees with EFSA’s assessment that glyphosate meets the standards required to be approved for use and, in particular, is unlikely to be carcinogenic in humans. A final decision by the European Commission as to whether the approval of glyphosate should continue is due later this year. If approval is given, Member States will review glyphosate products to ensure that they meet modern standards.

    Yours sincerely
    Fiona Amos
    Ministerial Contact Unit
    Defra

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