There are 11 UK farm assurance schemes, with a combined membership of 95,000 farm businesses, compliant with the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime for 2018, confirms the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) which administers the initiative.

This means scheme members will be able to purchase stewardship-label professional rodenticides from January onwards, and that storekeepers will be able to sell these products with proof of scheme membership. At the same time, sellers of professional use rodenticides to pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers are required to be registered with BASIS Registration by  December 31st for a stewardship point-of-sale audit so that rodenticide manufacturers ensure their UK resellers of  professional use products maintain standards.

As before, farmers outside the approved schemes have three options:  to take an approved training course; employ a certified professional pest controller or use rodenticides authorised for amateur use.

The 11 assurance schemes verified for compliance with stewardship conditions and the CRRU UK Code of Best Practice are:  the AIC’s Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops; British Egg Industry Council’s Lion code; Duck Assurance Scheme; Farm Assured Welsh Livestock; Laid in Britain; Northern Ireland Beef & Lamb Farm Quality Assurance and NI FQA Cereals; Red Tractor Farm Assurance; Quality British Turkey; Quality Meat Scotland and Scottish Quality Crops.

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