|Help us get glyphosate off UK shop shelves|
223 glyphosate-containing products are available in the UK for the public to use – PAN UK wants these cancer-causing toxins taken off the shelves, and we need your help to pressure retailers to stop selling them.
Glyphosate is the world's most widely used herbicide and it is widely available in UK supermarkets and DIY stores. Earlier this year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – part of the World Health Organization – concluded that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans.
PAN UK has now written to some of the top retail chains in the UK asking them to follow the example of German and Swiss retailers who have already voluntarily stopped selling glyphosate.
We encourage you to also write to the CEO's of these retailers and express your concerns and urge them to stop selling glyphosate. Your voice can make a difference – let it be heard.
Below you can see a copy of our letter, and under that a list of the companies we have written to along with their addresses. Please feel free to use it as a basis for your letter. And please let PAN UK know what response you get.
Many thanks in advance.
The PAN UK team
I am writing to you on behalf of the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) to ask about your position regarding the sale of home and garden products that contain the active substance glyphosate, and to urge you to withdraw products that contain it from sale at XXX stores.
Glyphosate is an herbicide and is the active ingredient in 223 products currently available in the UK, including the well-known product Roundup.
You may be aware that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Following this announcement, the German retail group Rewe banned the sale of products containing glyphosate from its 350 DIY stores, Swiss companies COOP and Migros have also stopped selling glyphosate products. Governments are also taking action: France has banned the sale of products containing glyphosate to the general public, and by November 2015 the sale to, and use of, glyphosate by the public will be banned in the Netherlands.
Other EU countries are implementing restrictions and bans on the use of glyphosate, particularly in public areas.
Not only is glyphosate a probable carcinogen it has also been linked to birth defects and other health problems in countries around the world.
PAN UK is asking if you will join with other progressive companies and remove products containing glyphosate from your shelves. The public is very concerned about the issue of glyphosate and pesticides in general, and a positive stance on this issue by your company would not only help to protect people from the harmful effects of this chemical, but would also show you to be a leader in sustainability and social responsibility.
I would be delighted to discuss this with you in greater detail at your convenience and look forward to your reply.
Contacts details for major UK retailers: