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Glyphosate Safe to Use

Following a IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) report which listed glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" the APVMA have completed an extensive risk assessment of the chemicals safety. The APVMA assessment has concluded that the use of glyphosate in Australia when used in accordance with the label directions, does not pose a cancer risk.


Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide, is extensively used in Australia in agricultural, industrial and urban environments. The product has been registered for use for over 40 years and is a key product in many farming operations. The APVMA commissioned a review of the IARC findings by the Department of Health and of risk assessments undertaken by expert international bodies and regulatory authorities. A summary of the APVMA findings are available on the APVMA website.

This summary report outlines the following;

- The IARC assessment explained.

- The approach taken by the APVMA to chemical risk.

- Reviews and assessments by international experts.

- Reviews and assessments by other regulatory authorities.

- Incorrect reports of glyphosate being banned in some countries

The APVMA Assessment summary is availabe for download from the APVMA website


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