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Prison for director behind illegal online chemical sales Prison for director behind illegal online chemical sales
A company director has been sent to prison for 10 months for illegally selling chemicals online. The sentence clearly demonstrates that such activity is being taken seriously by the authorities although the timescales taken do seem rather long. The successful prosecution was brought by the Health & Safety Directorate (HSE) following an original complaint dating back to August 2014.
Rodenticide packs getting smaller Rodenticide packs getting smaller
Regulatory changes mean that large 20kg packs of loose grain, pellets or granular rodenticide baits are being withdrawn from the market. The change will affect all such rodenticides currently available in 20kg sacks but the timing of the withdrawals will vary depending on when the product authorisations were renewed.
Norway rat control back on the Phostoxin and Talunex labels but... Norway rat control back on the Phostoxin and Talunex labels but...
The suspension of the approval of aluminium phosphide for the non-agricultural control of Norway rats has been lifted. This means that pest professionals holding the correct qualification – that’s the Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control - can, once again, use Phostoxin and Talunex for rodent control. However, there is a ‘but’ and it’s a ‘big but’!
Update on Spring Traps Approval Order Update on Spring Traps Approval Order
It looks very much as if the deadline for the removal of many of the traps currently approved for use against stoats is to be extended to 1 April 2020. This is good news for those involved in trapping as it provides more time for new more humane trap designs to go through the approvals system.
HSE publish update on Brexit HSE publish update on Brexit
With the World Cup, Wimbledon and President Trump’s visit over, Brexit is once again dominating the national headlines. Against this backdrop the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published an update on developments in the chemical regulatory process, including the biocides used in professional pest control, within the EU withdrawal negotiations.
The law of unintended consequences! The law of unintended consequences!
Are you fed up with all those resubscribe and privacy update notices clogging up your in box? Join the club. As companies and other organisations scramble to make sure they comply with the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force last Friday (25 May), we have found ourselves wondering just how much this whole exercise has cost the UK economy? Many tens, if not hundreds of millions of £, we suspect!
Humane trap consultation Humane trap consultation
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking views through an online survey on its proposals for the implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) in the UK.

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