New Zealand’s EPA finds glyphosate ‘unlikely to be carcinogenic’

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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) commissioned Dr Wayne Temple, a toxicologist and former Director of the New Zealand National Poisons Centre, to undertake a review of the evidence relating to the possible carcinogenicity of glyphosate. . . .

Dr Temple’s report was peer reviewed by toxicologists from the EPA and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The review took into account studies reviewed in the International Agency for Research on Cancer . . . report, as well as additional studies that were not reviewed by IARC but have been assessed by overseas regulators including the European Food Safety Authority . . . , US Environmental Protection Agency . . . and the Joint FAO/WHO meeting on Pesticide Residues. . .

The review concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to be carcinogenic to humans or genotoxic (damaging to genetic material or DNA) and should not be classified as a mutagen or carcinogen. . .

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This conclusion was based largely on consideration of the results of studies on humans . . . and studies in laboratory animals, as well as genotoxicity studies. . .

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Based on the information currently available, the EPA considers that glyphosate products approved in New Zealand are safe to use when following the instructions on the label.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Glyphosate Review

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