Agrochemical majors plan response to Danish glyphosate curbs

11 June 2003 18:36  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (CNI)--Producers of Denmark’s most commonly used herbicide said Wednesday they are studying new proposals which would increase restrictions on its use.

Monsanto, Syngenta and Cheminova condemned a decision made last week by the Danish environment minister to introduce new restrictions on the spraying of glyphosate in autumn (Q3/4). The new curbs are proposed to enter force this September.


The Danish minister is proposing to limit spraying where leaching is extensive because of heavy rain and thus could potentially contaminate drinking water.


According to the producers, the minister’s decision was based on findings of glyphosate at approximately one meter in depth. The producers insisted this water could not be regarded as ground water except by “the most narrow of political intentions” and "certainly not as drinking water".


“Glyphosate has been used on Danish farms for 25 years and has not been found anywhere near the threshold (level) in Danish drinking water,” they complained.


A spokesman for Monsanto said the companies would use a six week consultation period, which began on 3 June, to “go through the background” to the proposed restrictions and formulate a more complete response.

By: Glenda Thisdell
+44 20 8652 3214

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