Monsanto reacts to pressure group tweet on decision in the Netherlands

A tweet from pressure group GMO Free USA saying glyphosate weedkiller product Roundup has been banned in the Netherlands is "not true", Monsanto business director Gary Philpotts has said.

"The situation in the Netherlands is unchanged from last July," he added. "Roundup continues to be sold by retailers all over the Netherlands to consumers who find it the ideal solution for controlling weeds in their private gardens."

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

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