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1107:Metaldehyde slug pellet stewardship

Metaldehyde, the active ingredient in the majority of slug pellets used in agriculture has been detected at unacceptable levels in raw water being extracted for drinking water treatment

Year of Publication2010

Metaldehyde, the active ingredient in the majority of slug pellets used in agriculture has been detected at unacceptable levels in raw water being extracted for drinking water treatment on a nationwide scale. Whilst this is a technical breach of an EU standard and poses no health or environmental issues, it nonetheless puts the future of this important active ingredient at risk. The ‘Get Pelletwise’ campaign, launched in 2009 by the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group, is a voluntary initiative that is engaging the industry to achieve a significant reduction in metaldehyde levels derived from agricultural sources found in raw water.

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