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Public access to glyphosate products to be restricted from October

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Monday 25 July 2022

Following growing evidence of the impacts of glyphosate on the water supply and local environment, the States of Guernsey's Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is introducing a restriction preventing the general sale of glyphosate products.

The restriction means that from 31 October 2022 retailers will no longer be able to sell products containing glyphosate for use in the garden or as an amateur product.

The HSE has looked at multiple high readings of glyphosate in water courses which increasingly are linked to domestic glyphosate products. Earlier this year Guernsey Water appealed to Islanders not to use such products because of the risk to the water supply. Coupled with this is growing evidence of the impact of glyphosate products on the Island's biodiversity, which has been highlighted by the Pollinator Project in particular.

Professional use of glyphosate products will continue to be permitted and this is supported by the research carried out by HSE which reviewed the records of professional users who are required to log the application of pesticides and found no evidence to link professional use with areas where high readings have been recorded in water courses. Furthermore, several of the larger professional teams working in this area have already introduced policies to reduce their use of glyphosate to a minimum.

Robin Gonard, Chief Health & Safety Officer, said:

"We've been keeping retailers aware of our work in this area, and have contacted them already to let them know that from the end of October they won't be able to sell these products unless its for professional use. Many of the pesticides you find on the shop shelves already don't contain glyphosate as the industry increasingly moves away from it and so we don't expect this to have a significant impact for businesses, but we do believe it will help improve water quality and protect our biodiversity."

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