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Metaldehyde slug pellet ban overturned after legal challenge

The ban on metaldehyde slug pellets is being overturned after the High Court in London agreed with a challenge on the legality of the ban, and the pellets will now return to the market.

The decision by former Defra secretary Michael Gove has been declared unlawful by the court and this overturns the December 2018 Defra ruling that withdrew from the market all products containing metaldehyde, with immediate effect, with their use on farm banned from 2020.

A Defra spokesman said that the legal challenge was based on how the decision making process was conducted, and it will now review this decision.

“We will retake the decision as swiftly as possible, taking account of the procedural points raised. Our priority is to protect people and the environment, and all decisions on pesticides are always based on the best available science,” the spokesman said.

Chiltern Farm Chemicals, the slug pellet making company which took the legal action to bring the Defra decision before the High Court, said its slug pellets would return to the market.

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