New Zealand agency clears glyphosate

A report from the New Zealand Environment Protection Agency has concluded glyphosate is "unlikely to be carcinogenic to humans".

The Review of the Evidence Relating to Glyphosate and Carcinogenicity Prepared for the Environmental Protection Authority by Dr Wayne Temple BSc (Hons), PhD, FNZIC, CChem, FRSC, MAACT Published August 2016 said: "The overall conclusion is that – based on a weight of evidence approach, taking into account the quality and reliability of the available data – glyphosate is unlikely to be genotoxic or carcinogenic to humans and does not require classification under HSNO as a carcinogen or mutagen."

The weedkiller has been subject to several EU reviews and retailers such as Waitrose have withrawn glyphosate-based Roundup from sale, while some councils are looking at alternatives for street weedkilling.


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