The article, published on 20 October, cited a report by the activist group ChemTrust alleging that agrochemicals are destroying amphibians, citing effects on their immune system from injection with DDT, dieldrin and atrazine, which it linked to lethal Ranavirus in amphibians and to effects in humans.
"DDT and dieldrin have not been used in the UK for decades and atrazine use ceased in 2004. They bear no resemblance to modern crop protection products," said BCPC chairman Dr Colin Ruscoe. "Injection assays are completely different from real-world exposure. It is unscientific and irresponsible to interpret these as relevant to field situations."
He described the report as "particularly dangerous given the EU commission's track record of regulatory decisions driven by politics rather than science".