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Pond barley straw is not a biocide, confirms HSE

Chopped barley straw made into pouches for ponds is no longer covered by the Biocides Regulation in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association used an exemption made for chopped lavender flowers bagged to repel moths to argue the case for barley straw, which is added to garden ponds to tackle algae.

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