DEFRA to reconsider future use of metaldehyde after legal challenge

DEFRA has said it will reconsider introducing restrictions on an environmentally harmful chemical used in slug pellets after a legal challenge forced it to withdraw an earlier ban.

Metaldehyde is the most commonly used active ingredient in slug pellets, but causes serious harm to animals and contaminates water supplies, which water companies have warned would cost millions of pounds a year to treat.

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