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The myth: An article in The Independent claimed that Environment Minister Richard Benyon has ‘refused to ban deadly bird poison’.
The truth: This substance is not approved for use in the UK and the story is wrong. The substance in question, carbofuran, had its approval for use revoked several years ago and it is therefore illegal to advertise, sell, supply, store or use it or any other substances that have had their approval similarly revoked. To claim that the Environment Minister has refused to ban it is factually wrong.