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 undertaken by regulatory agencies in other countries and expert international bodies.
According to the APVMA, the use of glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk to humans and products that contain it are safe to use as per the label instructions.
APVMA said it would continue to monitor new information, reports or studies.