LADIES from the Women's Institute joined environmentalists in presenting a North- East MEP with a shopping basket of toxic products.

Tyne and Wear South WI Federation members handed the basket to North-East Liberal Democrat MEP Fiona Hall as part of a call by the World Wildlife Fund lobby group to support plans for tighter restrictions on toxic chemicals in everyday use.

WI members Allwyn Nichols and Jean Woodruff, who underwent blood tests to demonstrate that everyone is contaminated with traces of man-made toxins, asked Ms Hall to support the so-called Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach), proposals which are due to be debated and voted on at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France Thursday.