Dieldrin - why were farms on the Bellarine Peninsula tested for dieldrin and other pesticides?

Land on the Bellarine Peninsula has a history of potato growing and in some cases this included the use of dieldrin to control insects.

It is understood farmers often rotated paddock use between potato cropping and sown grass or pasture for grazing cattle.

In 1987, dieldrin was detected in export beef consignments sent to the United States, resulting in the imposition of trade restrictions.

Since then the Victorian Government has undertaken extensive monitoring to identify properties with contamination and, working closely with the livestock industry, to manage the risk of residues transferring into beef products.

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