A company director has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the online sale of products containing prohibited substances. Warwick Crown Court heard that a complaint was raised in August 2014 that Abel (UK) Ltd was selling a plant protection product contaming Sodium Chlorate, a prohibited substance.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Dutton said: "Chemicals are carefully regulated to protect human health and the environment. Sodium Chlorate is not approved for use in weed killers, as a safe level of use was not established for operators." She went on to add that "companies should be aware that HSE will take robust action against those who unnecessarily put the lives of workers and the public at risk, and against those who endanger the environment, through the inappropriate supply and use of chemicals".