DEFRA’s slug pellet ban faces legal challenge

A producer of metaldehyde slug pullets has won permission to take DEFRA to court over its decision to ban the substance on environmental grounds.

Metaldehyde-based products made up 85% of all slug pellet sales last year, but the substance is known to cause serious harm to birds and mammals, as well as contaminating groundwater.

Under plans announced by DEFRA in December, sales of products containing the substance will be banned from 30 June, with the use of existing stocks permitted for a further 12 months. Only its use in permanent greenhouses will be allowed to continue.

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