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B&Q will discontinue Roundup weed control after a cancer compound was discovered in the United States


B&Q will discontinue Roundup weed control after a cancer compound was discovered in the United States

  • The DIY giant has delisted the weed killer Roundup to links to cancer in the United States
  • The brand is no longer available in all sizes, but 1-liter bottles are on sale
  • Glyphosate-based products are the most common weed control in the UK

B & Q will stop selling the Roundup weed killer after it has been linked to cancer in the United States.

The DIY giant has removed the popular weed control and other glyphosate-based products from the list that will disappear from the shelves after the existing inventory is sold.

Roundup is no longer available in any size on the B&Q website, but according to Horticulture Week, it still sells 1 liter bottles at its retail price of £ 1 in its 296 stores.

Glyphosate-based products are the most commonly used herbicide in British gardens and farms, despite longstanding health concerns.

B & Q will stop selling the Roundup weed killer (pictured) after it has been linked to cancer in the United States

According to government officials, a third of British cereal crops, such as wheat and barley, are sprayed with glyphosate, which is used both to kill weeds and as a drying agent to make crops easier to harvest.

Studies have found traces of the chemical in 60 percent of whole grain bread and other foods, from ice cream to snacks and breakfast cereals.

The Soil Association says glyphosate has been linked to health problems such as cancer, liver and kidney damage.

B & Q said its decision to remove the products was part of a wider effort to help customers create “healthier gardens”.

It has already removed neonicotinoid sprays because bees and metaldehyde, a snail pellet, are concerned about harming birds and other wildlife.

A spokesman said: “B&Q is reviewing its range of garden maintenance and care. This year we're removing all brands of products that contain glyphosate. "

The Royal Horticultural Society, some supermarkets such as Waitrose and the Dobbies garden center have discontinued Roundup, but the active ingredient is still available in many garden center products.

The weed control product was developed by the US agrochemical company Monsanto, which was bought by the German chemical group Bayer in 2018. The company was sued in the U.S. last year by applicants who said the chemical led to their cancer diagnosis.

B & Q said its decision to remove the products was part of a wider effort to help customers create “healthier gardens”.

B & Q said its decision to remove the products was part of a wider effort to help customers create “healthier gardens”.

A California jury found that Bayer was responsible for the development of a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in an older couple.

They ordered Bayer, Alva and Alberta Pilliod to pay damages of $ 2 billion (£ 1.64 billion), which a trial judge later reduced to $ 86 million (£ 71 million).

The Pilliods, who are over 70 years old, have used Roundup for more than 30 years. They are both in remission, but have testified to permanent cancer damage.

There are more than 50,000 similar legal cases against Bayer. The company continues to deny that glyphosate causes cancer and says decades of studies show it is safe for human use.

The then conservative environment minister Therese Coffey caused controversy in 2018 by encouraging people to use Roundup.

Next to a picture of the product in her garden, she tweeted: "Get ready to deliver the amazing Roundup!"

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