The use of Sodium Chlorate by home-grown Islamic extremists in making bombs for terrorist attacks has had unfortunate repercussions for British business.
For many years Sodium Chlorate has been successfully used as a weedkiller but now, because of its misuse by this fanatical minority, it has been banned.
A West Yorkshire company that restores driveways and patios to their former glory, periodically uses Sodium Chlorate as a treatment for weeds, but now it has had to stop after an EU ruling banning its manufacture, sale and storage throughout the entire European Union.
In a letter to Andrew Brons MEP, the company's managing director asked if there is anything can be done to reverse the ruling.
"Sodium Chlorate is a super product and very cheap. All the alternatives are very expensive and our firm is having to pay the price because wouldbe terrorists are using it for their bomb-making.
"How many people in the supply chain for Sodium Chlorate have these imbeciles put out of a job?" he asks.
Chris Beverley, the Constituency Office Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, has contacted our researcher in the European Parliament and our in-house civil servant for clarification on the non-inclusion Decision, 2008/865/EC, for Sodium Chlorate which was published on 10 November 2008.
"The UK has 14 professional products and 41 amateur products containing sodium chlorate which must now be withdrawn from the market and comply with the EC Decision. The last date when both professional and amateur plant protection products containing sodium chlorate can be used is May 2010.
"Hopefully Andrew will be able to raise this issue in Brussels and ask why the misuse of this product by a minority is allowed to have such wide-ranging implications on the law-abiding majority."