Extension on metaldehyde withdrawal period not granted

The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group has been unsuccessful in their bid to extend the withdrawal period of metaldehyde slug pellet products.

This means that the phase out periods, initially set in December 2018, stand. The sale and distribution of metaldehyde slug pellets will therefore end on 30 June 2019 and the disposal, storage and use up of existing stocks will end on 30 June 2020.

David Cameron, chairman of the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) says that the decision has been met with great disappointment. However, he reminds growers that metaldehyde slug pellets can be applied legally this year, but must still be used responsibly.

“Growers applying metaldehyde slug pellets this autumn should adhere to best practice stewardship guidelines, while ensuring stocks are used up by 30 June 2020.”

Once again, the group would like to thank the agricultural industry for their support and investment in stewardship measures that have been adopted over the years.

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