LETTER: Make safety of UK citizens paramount

The “rationale” behind the European Union Biocide Directive is based on banning substances on the grounds they have not been tested and shown to be safe.

Yet the United Kingdom is not allowed by EU rules to ban imports of meat, in the wake of the horse meat scandal, unless the meat poses a safety risk. How about the same philosophy is adopted as with biocides and we assume imported meat is not safe until proven to be so?

The French blatantly ignored the EU after mad cow disease fears and banned our beef for three years without penalty. Perhaps we should do the same and make the safety of our citizens paramount.

PAUL NUTTALL

UKIP North West MEP