We therefore adopt a precautionary approach to the use of pesticides and chemicals in producing our food, and restrict or ban the use of those deemed most harmful*.
For a number of years now, we've been developing our pesticides policy, working with our suppliers across the globe. Together we are using preventative pest control such as land rotation, and using more benign chemicals where they are available. Check out our list of prohibited pesticides. Find out more about pesticide residue levels.
We have also banned some chemicals from being used in our non-food products such as tissues and cleaning products. In fact in many cases, our policy on chemicals goes above and beyond what's required by law. We've a number of household products, that are certified under the EU's Eco-label scheme. Look out for them in your local store's household section.
*We have used evidence from international conventions including: The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR) , The Rotterdam Convention for Prior Informed Consent (PIC) , The Stockholm Convention on Persistant Organic Pollutants (POP).
|The Co-operative Food pesticide residue analysis|
|Total number of samples tested||206||219||197||223|
|Banned pesticides detected||2||0||0||0|
|Number of residues in excess of Maximum Residue Limits||7||1||5||5|
|Prohibited pesticides detected without permission||12||10||3||3|
|Percentage of samples with no residues||35%||37%||32%||39%|
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation EC 1907/2006 came into force in 2007, the implementation of this regulation will be phased in over an 11 year period until 2018. Co-op Group supports the overall principals and objectives of the regulation to further improve the protection of human health and the environment.
Co-op Group will ensure all its obligations under REACH are met including the provision to supply information on the use of any SVHC's (substances of very high concern) within an article as identified by REACH.
Co-op Group is also working with its suppliers to ensure they fulfil their obligations under REACH including the possible restriction and substitutions of certain chemicals.
As part of our legal obligations under the Detergents Directive, we are required to publish certain information on the internet regarding ingredients lists and allergen information to highlight any chemicals in our household products. Follow the links below to view this information on detergent information;