Breaches of pesticide rules attract tiny fines

An agrochemical distribution business and its director have been fined just £650 by a Crown Court after being convicted of six offences involving the illegal supply and storage of pesticides.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind to have been taken to the Crown Court. It was brought jointly by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).

Agrochemical distributor Chemiculture Ltd was charged with four offences of supplying pesticides in breach of section 16(2)(a) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 and section 4(3)(a) of the associated Control of Pestic

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