B&Q to Stop Selling Weedkiller Roundup After US Cancer Link Finds
- DIY giant struck off herbicide roundup due to cancer links in the United States
- The brand is no longer available in all sizes but the 1 liter bottles are in liquidation
- Glyphosate products are the most widely used weedkiller in Britain
B&Q will stop selling Roundup weed killer – after it has been linked to cancer in the United States.
The DIY giant has removed popular weed killer and other glyphosate products from the list, which will disappear from the shelves once the existing stock is sold.
Roundup is no longer available in any size on the B&Q website, but it still sells 1-liter bottles at a liquidation price of £ 1 at its 296 outlets, according to Horticulture Week.
Glyphosate products are the most common weedkiller used in UK gardens and farms despite longstanding health problems.
B&Q will stop selling Roundup weed killer (photo) after it has been linked to cancer in the United States
Government figures suggest that a third of UK cereal crops, such as wheat and barley, are sprayed with glyphosate – which is used both to kill weeds and to act as a drying agent so that the plants are easier to harvest.
Studies have found traces of the chemical in 60% of wholemeal bread and other foods, from ice cream to snacks and breakfast cereals.
The Soil Association claims that glyphosate has been linked to health conditions such as cancer, and liver and kidney damage.
B&Q said its decision to remove the products is part of a larger effort to help customers create “healthier gardens”.
He has already phased out neonicotinoid sprays due to concerns for bees and metaldehyde, a slug lozenge, as it harms birds and other wildlife.
A spokesperson said, “B&Q is reviewing its range of maintenance and gardening. This year, we are removing all brands of products containing glyphosate. “
The Royal Horticultural Society, some supermarkets such as Waitrose and the Dobbies garden center have abandoned Roundup, but the active ingredient is still available in the products of many garden centers.
The weed killer was developed by the US agrochemical company Monsanto, which was purchased by the German chemical giant Bayer in 2018. The company was sued in the United States last year by plaintiffs who claimed that the chemical had led to their cancer diagnosis.
B&Q said its decision to withdraw the products is part of a larger effort to help customers create “healthier gardens”
A jury in California found that Bayer was responsible for causing an elderly couple to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
They ordered Bayer to pay Alva and Alberta Pilliod $ 2 billion (£ 1.64 billion) in damages, which a trial judge then reduced to $ 86 million (71 million pound sterling).
The Pilliods, who are 70 years old, have been using Roundup for over 30 years. They are both in remission, but they have witnessed lasting damage from cancer.
There are more than 50,000 similar legal cases against Bayer. Society continues to deny that glyphosate causes cancer, claiming that decades of studies show that it is safe for humans.
In 2018, then conservative Environment Minister Therese Coffey sparked controversy by encouraging people to use Roundup.
Next to a photo of the product in her garden, she tweeted: “Prepare to deploy the incredible Roundup!”