Second, why have the accounts of people possibly adversely affected by sheep dips apparently been dismissed by those responsible for the monitoring of human exposure to pesticides? Not all anecdotal accounts of suspected poisoning may prove correct but procedures should be put in place to ensure that Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods, and Health and Safety Executive committees dealing with sheep dips do consider the experiences of people like the Laytons, whose account is reported in your paper.
These government committees and groups should also automatically contain community and workplace representatives, a step which would ensure greater openness and public confidence in the MAFF and HSE committees dealing with pesticides than has hitherto been the case.
Dr Andrew Watterson
De Montfort University