Dutch plan glyphosate reduction, not a ban

Actions such as safety caps and label changes lined up by Dutch to reduce use by homeowners.

Roundup: no Dutch ban in offing
Roundup: no Dutch ban in offing

Monsanto business director Gary Philpotts has said, contrary to many reports, Roundup has not been banned in the Netherlands.

Many global green groups have reported that the Dutch Government has banned active ingredient glyphosate, but Philpotts maintained that this is incorrect.

He said: "The second chamber in the Netherlands has asked the government to ban glyphosate use by non-professionals for garden use.

"The government has concluded that this is not legal under EU law as the products are approved for use and a ban would be disproportionate to reaching the objective of reducing the use.

"Instead it is planned that some actions will be put in place to reduce use by homeowners, such as safety caps, label changes, more information at point of sale and retail staff training. Also it is proposed to ban the use of pesticides on hard surfaces from November 2015. The situation will be reviewed at the end of 2016.

"The UK is aware of the Netherlands situation, but I know of no plans by the UK Government to implement a similar approach."

Philpotts said glyphosate is attracting the attention of activists this year because of EU elections and because glyphosate is going through its 10-year reassessment process.

Glyphosate Re-assessment pending

In early 2014, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and other German safety authorities issued their report on Glyphosate, re-assessing 300 required toxicology studies and considering 900 publications from scientific journals in the draft report.

Monsanto business director Gary Philpotts said: "The report is an important step in the process of reregistration of pesticides containing glyphosate in the EU. Glyphosate is undergoing a renewal process by the European Commission. Germany is the rapporteur member state responsible for the re-assessment report."

The BfR concluded in its re-evaluation of glyphosate that the available data show neither carcinogenic or mutagenic properties. It has no toxic effect on fertility or reproduction and is not considered to pose any risk to human health.


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