Slug pellet chemical banned as threat to wildlife

The polluting molluscicide metaldehyde will be restricted for use only within permanent greenhouses, environment secretary Michael Gove announced yesterday

Metaldehyde is used to control black slugs
Metaldehyde is used to protect crops from slug and snail damage

The polluting molluscicide metaldehyde will be restricted for use only within permanent greenhouses, environment secretary Michael Gove announced yesterday.

The move follows advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides and the Health and Safety Executive that the widely-used substance poses an unacceptable risk to birds and mammals. It is also an acknowledged water pollutant, with the Environment Agency warning that it threatens drinking water and the attainment of Water Framework Directive goals, though neither was mentioned by the bodies.

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