Farmer fined for illegal pesticide use

A Norfolk-based farmer has been fined for using a pesticide that had lost its approval for use

Norfolk farmer Thomas John Mott was made to pay £7,250 on 20 April for storing and using tecnazene, a pesticide which lost its approval for use in 2002.

Mott pleaded guilty to breaching sections 4(4)(a) and 4(5)(a) of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 at Ely magistrates court. He was fined £2,250 with £5,000 costs.

The Health and Safety Executive became aware of the offence after tecnazene was detected in potatoes, bound for Ireland, that were traced to Mott’s farm.

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