MSG seeks extension on metaldehyde withdrawal period

The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) has called for the Health and Safety Executive to urgently consider an extension of the metaldehyde withdrawal period.

The stewardship group has formally asked that an extra six months be added for professional-use slug pellet products increasing the deadline for use from 18 to 24 months.

‘A restrictive timeframe’

It follows the Defra announcement made in December that metaldehyde will be banned. David Cameron, chairman of the MSG group, explained that the current notification is a sell-out period of six months, expiring June 30, 2019, followed by a 12-month disposal, storage and use-up period.

“The majority of slug pellets used in commercial agricultural situations are purchased and applied from August to December and therefore the current timeframe is very restrictive,” says David.

We are calling for the sale and distribution of professional product stocks to be extended to the end of December 2019, with the disposal, storage and use up period lasting until the end of December 2020.

“This will make the total withdrawal period 24 months, providing growers with two further seasons of use and avoid mid-season market chaos.

“We believe this approach will encourage the most responsible withdrawal of metaldehyde products.”

The Crop Protection Association and Agricultural Industries Confederation are in support of the extended withdrawal period.

David Cameron says that the MSG will communicate any further updates on an extended withdrawal period in due course.

Metaldehyde Stewardship Group

The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) was formed in 2008 in response to metaldehyde being detected in catchments used for water abstraction.

The ‘Get Pelletwise’ stewardship campaign was launched to promote the best practice use of metaldehyde slug pellets, to minimise environmental impacts and protect water.

The MSG represents 100% of the UK agricultural market for metaldehyde slug pellets and comprises the manufacturers: Adama Agricultural Solutions UK; Certis Europe B.V.; Chiltern Farm Chemicals; De Sangosse; Lonza; and Sharda Cropchem.