We do not believe that the evidence presented by the HSE justifies the restriction proposals as they stand.
The evidence presented in the dossier of risk from lead ammunition to soil, soil organisms, plants and livestock is not conclusive. Furthermore, there are existing regulations and directives that are retained in UK law which address these factors, including:
- Regulation 1881/2006 that limits lead in food for human consumption (agricultural production),
- Regulation 1275/2013 that limits lead in animal feed, and
- DIRECTIVE 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances in animal feed
We therefore consider further restriction unnecessary and disproportionate.