Written by journalist John Harvey with help from OPIN, this report draws together cases of people with ill-health from different groups in society who have been exposed to OPs and who have suffered similar symptoms. It concludes by saying that the causal link between OPs and ill-health has been sufficiently demonstrated and that “It is now time for the government to put a greater emphasis on helping the victims of OP poisoning”.
Probably the most striking part of the OP (organophosphate) chemical saga is its relentless predictability. From the first warnings in 1951 about the dangers of OPs from Sir Solly Zuckerman right up to today’s Gulf War inquiries in the United States and the UK, the pattern has been the same: warnings followed by more research leading to conclusions which beget more research and more warnings before the cycle begins again. – Lord Zuckerman (read Lord Solly Zuckerman’s reports on organophosphates, here)