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Stop Sale of Weedkillers Toxic to Pets, Children and Fish

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Today we lost a beloved pet cat; Muzzy, born into our house 7 years ago, but it could just of easily have been a small child or a dog!

We believe he died from poisoning by a proprietary brand of weedkiller; available in local supermarkets, and used in a local garden to control nettles or brambles. His sister remains unwell and on a drip at the Vets. This toxic substance can be easily purchased and used without any record. When used without care and attention, or even just in bad weather it can kill and quickly. An easily available poison, it can then enter local waterways and kill fish, or like today, kill a pet or even a small child. The label describes it as a 24-hour weedkiller.

The data sheet says: Form liquid, Colour amber, Odour Faint sweet 

A sweet-smelling amber liquid??? WHY??? Add something to make it bitter smelling! A cat, dog or child would then not go near it!

The label says it all: Ingestion: If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label.DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING.
Medical advice There is no specific antidote available. Treat symptomatically. Tthe label says that in water or on a wet day it remains TOXIC!!! 
Stability in water:  Glyphosate is persistent in water. It is known to kill rats... here is what the data sheet says...

Acute oral toxicity LD50 Rat, >5,000 mg/kg
Based on test results obtained with similar product
Acute inhalation toxicity LC50 Rat, >2.56 mg/l, 4 h
Based on test results obtained with similar product
Acute dermal toxicity LD50 Rat, >2,000 mg/kg
Based on test results obtained with similar product

Symbol(s) N Dangerous to the environmentDangerous to the environment. Dangerous to the environment. Risk phrases: R50/53 Verytoxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment

Risk phrases: R50/53 Very toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment
S-phrase(s) S2 Keep out of the reach of children 
S13 Keep away from food, drink and animal feedingstuffs 
S20/21 When using do not eat, drink or smoke
S35 This material and its container must be disposed of in a safe way
S57 Use appropriate container to avoid environmental contamination

Safety phrases

S1/2 Keep locked up and out of the reach of children
S13 Keep away from food, drink and animal feedingstuffs
S46 If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this
container or label.
Special labeling of To avoid risks to man and the environment, comply with the instructions certain preparations for use. Contains diquat dibromide. May produce an allergic reaction

You can buy this product off an unlocked shelf in most large supermarkets, You do not have to sign for it when you buy it. You do not have to prove your competency or mental state to use it. It can do as much damage as guns and more than other substances that are better controlled and legislated - like methylated spirits...

If this product was in a hospital, school or other public setting, COSHH rules would make it almost impossible to use. Yet anyone can just buy it, store it anywhere and use it without due care and attention.

If it remains available for use it should be by qualified insured professionals, whose use is recorded. Next time it may not be a much-loved pet but instead a child!  



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