EUMember States have voted to withdraw approval for all methiocarb slug pellets,including Draza forte and Decoy Wetex.
Thevote means that approvals for all slug bait uses of methiocarb in the EU willbe stopped.
Publication of the amending regulation is expectedby February. This is likely to allow continued sale of methiocarb slug pellets for a maximum of 6 months from the entry intoforce date and then an additional 12 months use up period for farmers.
The actual final UK dates will not be known until theyare published by CRD, although based on currentknowledge, Bayer CropScience estimates sales will be probably permitted untilthe end of August 2014, with farmers having until the end of August 2015 to useup stocks. Member States can grant their own grace periods as long as these donot exceed the defined due dates of the amending regulation.
2014will be the last season that methiocarb slug pellets can be sold in the UK,says Peter Stacey, the firms molluscicides manager. As methiocarb is thepreferred product for protecting many high value crops such as potatoes itsloss will be a major blow for many growers and could result in many more cropsbeing rejected.
Theruling does not affect other uses of methiocarb such as in seed treatments(Mesurol).