Councils monitor weedkiller cancer link
MUNDARING and Kalamunda shires are among the local councils monitoring research into a weedkiller previously found to have “probable” links to cancer by the World Health Organisation.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) assessed the human health risks associated with glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – used by local authorities to control weeds.
Following concerns raised by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the authority has determined a full reconsideration was not required.
The APVMA said a weight-of-evidence evaluation included a commissioned review of the IARC monograph regarding glyphosate by the Department of Health, and risk assessments by regulatory agencies in other countries and expert international bodies.