The Food Standards Agency is urging Agriculture Ministers to begin an immediate phase-out of certain pesticides in order to meet new EU regulations. Directive 2000/42/EC reduces the maximum residue levels for several hundred pesticide/foodstuff combinations to such low levels that they cannot effectively be used, thereby banning their sale and use. This means that some pesticides will not be permitted for sale or use at all, others will not be able to be used with certain specified foodstuffs.