Barley straw situation 'bonkers' says industry body

Aquatics group say EU is wrong to include pond product barley straw in legislation.

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association's quest to get barley straw products pulled from EU Biocides Regulation is on again after it received responses from the Drinking Water Inspectorate.

The pond products are included in the EU law, which came into force in 2013, although OATA won a reprieve for the items after officials said they would look into what information manufacturers had to supply to enable the products to remain on the shelves over the longer term.

But OATA wants the products removed altogether from the regulation, which will save the time and cost iof demonstrating how the products work.

OATA chief executive Keith Davenport said it made no sense to have safety concerns about barley straw in garden ponds when it is used freely in reservoirs.

He said expensive risk assessments on garden barley straw was unfair. He said it was "bonkers" that powers that be have more concerns about garden pond water than reservoir water.

In a letter to OATA, DWI said they had no correspondence from any governmnet body on barley straw use to control algae in reservoirs.

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