Garden Centre Group and Dobbies take neonicotinoid-based product off shelves

By Matthew Appleby Monday, 11 March 2013

Garden centre giants the Garden Centre Group and Dobbies have removed neonicotinoid-based pesticide products from their stores.

The Garden Centre Group has removed Bayer's Provado Lawn Grub Killer from its shelve and says it no longer sells insecticides containing any of the three neonicotinoids identified by European Food Safety Authority as being linked to bee decline.

GCG's Kathyrn Best said: "The Garden Centre Group has removed [Bayer's] Provado Lawn Grub Killer from their shelves. The Garden Centre Group takes any concerns regarding pesticide damage very seriously. New research is due to be published and the Group will review the results and the actions of the market to ensure they continue to be fully compliant with regulations."

A number of organisations, including Friends of the Earth and RSPB are urging the UK Government to support restrictions on neonics.

Friends of the Earth’s Bee Campaigner Paul de Zylva said: "We’re delighted so many stores are taking action on pesticides linked to bee decline:

"Action by retailers will hopefully sting the Government into backing European proposals to restrict neonicotinoids – and introducing a bee action plan to tackle other serious threats our most precious pollinators face.

Meanwhile, Dobbies has removed bug killer containing Imidacloprid, stating that if the product is "unintentionally" misused it could cause harm to bees.

Dobbies added: "We do not retail any neonics products which are being investigated by EFSA...We’ll monitor outcomes of the EC vote."





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