Help us get glyphosate off UK shop shelves PDF Print E-mail
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

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Dear XXX,

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.
 
Kind regards,
 
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Contacts details for major UK retailers:
 
Aldi
Mr. Matthew Barnes and Roman Heini
UK Managing Directors
Aldi Stores Ltd
Holly Lane
Atherstone
Warwickshire CV9 2SQ
Amazon UK
Christopher North
Chief Executive Officer
Amazon UK
1-7 The Grove,
Slough SL1 1QE
ASDA
Mr. Andy Clarke
Chief Executive Officer
ASDA
Asda House
Southbank
Great Wilson Street
Leeds LS11 5AD
CO-OP
Mr. Steve Murrells
Chief Executive -Retail
The Co-operative Group
New Century House
Manchester M60 4ES
Dobbies
Katherine Poulter
Chief Executive Officer
Dobbies Garden Centres Ltd.
Melville Nursery
Lasswade
Midlothian
EH18 1AZ
Homebase & Argos
John Walden
Chief Executive
Home Retail Group
489-499 Avebury Boulevard
Saxon Gate West
Central Milton Keynes
MK9 2NW
Kingfisher Group – B&Q
Veronique Laury
Chief Executive Officer
Kingfisher Group
3 Sheldon Square
Paddington
London W2 6PX
LIDL
Mr. Ronny Gottschlich
UK Managing Director
Lidl UK
Worple Road
Wimbledon SW19 4JS
Notcutts
Andrew Staff
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Notcutts Ltd,
Head Office,
Cumberland Street,
Woodbridge,
Suffolk
IP12 4AF
Morrison
Dave Potts
Chief Executive
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Hilmore House
Gain Lane
Bradford BD3 7DL
Tesco
Mr. Dave Lewis
Chief Executive
Tesco PLC
New Tesco House
Delamare Road
Cheshunt
Hertfordshire EN8 9SL
The Range
Chris Dawson
The Range,
Tamar House,
Thornbury Road,
Estover,
Plymouth, PL6 7PT
Waitrose
Mr. Mark Price
Managing Director
Waitrose Limited
Doncastle Road
Southern Industrial Area
Bracknell
Berkshire RG12 8YA
Sainsbury
Mr. Mike Coupe
Chief Executive
J Sainsbury plc
33 Holborn
London EC1N 2HT
Wilko
Sean Toal
Wilko
Chief Operating Officer
JK House, Roebuck Way
Worksop, Nottinghamshire
S80 3EG
Wickes
Simon King
Chief Executive Officer
Wickes
Lodge Way House
Lodge Way
Harlestone Road
Northampton
Northamptonshire NN5 7UG

 
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