Bruton, John

Thursday, 17 May 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 536 No. 4

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Written Answers. - Food Safety.

Asked the minister: the testing undertaken to identify traces of dangerous chemicals that may have been used in fish farming in fish on sale in shops here.More Button

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to a 1999 study by the Food Contaminants Division of the British Ministry for Agriculture and Food which suggests that if we eat fish more than twice a week we are like...More Button

Written Answers. - Fish Farming.

Asked the minister: the annual output in tonnes, of fish farming here in each of the past 20 years.More Button

Asked the minister: the effect on the population of wild salmon in Irish waters of fish farming.More Button

Written Answers. - Aquaculture Development.

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to the estimate of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences that a fish farm producing one hundred tons of salmon in 2000 produces the equivalent in untreated waste of a s...More Button

Written Answers. - Fish Farming.

Asked the minister: if disinfectants, antibiotics and anaesthetics are used in marine fish farming; if so, the effect these are having on the ambient marine environment in the vicinity of fish farms here.More Button

Written Answers. - Aquaculture Development.

Asked the minister: the effect on stocks of the fish species harvested for feed for farm salmon of the increase scale of salmon farming.More Button

Written Answers. - Food Safety.

Asked the minister: if there is systematic publication of findings of surveys of pesticide residues in food on sale here; and if these show an increased or a reduced presence of such residues over the past ten years.More Button

Written Answers. - Nitrogen Pollution.

Asked the minister: if any research has been carried out on the excess use of nitrogenous fertiliser here in terms of its effect in causing pollution through run off, using resources uneconomically or making plants prone...More Button

Written Answers. - Food Industry.

Asked the minister: the controls in place to ensure that the use of antibiotics in food production does not transmit itself through the food chain to humans thereby rendering antibiotics less effective in human medical e...More Button

Asked the minister: if food is imported from countries where chemicals are in use in food production that are banned for that purpose here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate insecticide used on farms, is present in any food sold here; and if he will make a statement on the finding of the United States Environmental Protection Agency tha...More Button

Asked the minister: if carbendazin and vinclozolin are in use in agriculture or present in food sold in shops.More Button

Written Answers. - Control of Pesticides.

Asked the minister: if he will consider requiring those using pesticides in agriculture to record the quantity and the time of year when such pesticides are used in order to facilitate research on possible adverse health...More Button

Asked the minister: if any research is being conducted on the long-term effect on soil structure and on the organisms that maintain soil fertility of the current levels of local usage of pesticides and artificial fertili...More Button

Written Answers. - Soil Biodiversity Research.

Asked the minister: if he will commission a soil biodiversity research programme, similar to the one being carried out for the British Government by the University of York, to ensure that the long-term fertility of soil ...More Button

Written Answers. - Soil Erosion.

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to research by the soil survey and land research centre in Britain which suggests that 2.2 million tons of soil is eroded each year in England and Wales; if any similar...More Button

Written Answers. - Crop Spraying.

Asked the minister: the countries from which grain or vegetable products are imported in which it is legal to spray crops with antibiotics against bacterial diseases.More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Welfare.

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to the estimates that 7% of broiler chickens die each year in broiler sheds in Britain; if he has equivalent figures for Ireland; and if he considers such a high death ...More Button

Written Answers. - Poultrymeat Production.

Asked the minister: if there is any connection in his opinion, between the increase on food poisoning involving poultry products and the modern methods of rearing of poultry in large units, using antibiotics to combat di...More Button

Written Answers. - Authorised Growth Promoters.

Asked the minister: the antibiotics which are authorised to be used on growth promoters in animals; and if he has satisfied himself that these antibiotics are never liable to be used to treat disease in humans.More Button

Written Answers. - Childhood Allergies.

Asked the minister: if there has been an increase in the incidence of allergies among children in the past 20 years; and if this is due to changes in nutrition, improvements in diagnosis, changes in the environment or ot...More Button

Written Answers. - Obesity Levels.

Asked the minister: the research he is undertaking into the increased obesity levels among the population with particular reference to trends in nutrition.More Button

Written Answers. - Salt Intake.

Asked the minister: if, in view of the linkage between cardiovascular disease and excess salt in our diet, he will take steps to restrict and improve information regarding the use of salt as an additive in foods sold at ...More Button

Written Answers. - Food Additives.

Asked the minister: if there is an established link between the accumulation of food additives and hyperactivity in children.More Button

Written Answers. - Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals.

Asked the minister: if endocrine disrupting chemicals are present in any food on sale here.More Button

Written Answers. - Toxicology Tests.

Asked the minister: if toxicology testing of chemicals used in food production encompasses a sufficient varied population of animals to ensure that findings of possible toxins is assessable in a manner that would be bene...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Research.

Asked the minister: if there is any evidence connecting the higher levels of breast cancer in some areas with the use of the chemical lindane in potato and vegetable production in such areas.More Button

Written Answers. - Food Additives.

Asked the minister: if the chemical, canthaxanthis, is banned as a food additive for human consumption; if so, the reason in this regard; if this chemical is permitted for use in feed given to poultry and farmed salmon; ...More Button

Written Answers. - Antibiotic Use.

Asked the minister: the number of people who died in 2000 from infection against which no antibiotic was effective.More Button

Asked the minister: the incidence of vancomycin resistant enterococci in hospitals.More Button

Asked the minister: if any estimate has been made of the extent of over prescribing or inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by general practitioners and, in particular, of the prescription of antibiotics for patients...More Button

Asked the minister: if any estimate has been made, or research carried out on the extent to which people fail to complete courses of antibiotics, thereby reducing the effectiveness of these antibiotics when next used.More Button

Written Answers. - Food Poisoning.

Asked the minister: if there is any connection in his opinion, between the increase in food poisoning involving poultry products and the modern methods of rearing of poultry in large units, using antibiotics to combat di...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of chickens on sale in shops that have been tested for campylobactes; if his attention has been drawn to United States surveys which suggest that only one in ten cases of campylobactes pois...More Button

Written Answers. - Doctor Training.

Asked the minister: the amount of time devoted in the curriculum, followed by doctors trained here, in the study of nutrition so as to enable them to offer advice to patients on this matter; if the time devoted to pharma...More Button

Written Answers. - University Research Funding.

Asked the minister: if he is satisfied that universities receive sufficient funds to conduct research in the public interest and are not unduly beholden to research funding from commercial interests which have agendas wh...More Button


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