EPA Calls For Information On Glyphosate

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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling
for information on the use of the herbicide glyphosate in
New Zealand.

This weed killer has been used by home
gardeners, farmers, and councils in New Zealand since the
1970s. Although it is commonly known as the active
ingredient in Roundup, there are 89 mixtures containing
glyphosate that are approved for use in this
country.

We are seeking information from New
Zealanders – including industry and the general public –
about the manufacture, importation, and patterns of use of
glyphosate in this country, as well as information on the
availability of alternatives, and any impacts on
Māori.

Dr Chris Hill, General Manager, Hazardous
Substances and New Organisms, says “Glyphosate is currently
approved for use in the European Union until 15 December
2022, and can be used there until that date.

“The
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Food
Safety Authority (EFSA) are in the process of reviewing the
classification and approval of glyphosate, with their
conclusions set to be released in mid-2022.

“Issuing a
call for information now will enable us to have a greater
understanding of the New Zealand context by the time the EU
findings are published, and ensure we’re better prepared
to assess those findings.

“There has been ongoing
public debate about the effects of glyphosate on
environmental and human health.

“Our position at this
time remains that products containing glyphosate are safe to
use when all the rules (controls) around their use are
followed. This is in line with the current regulatory
opinion in Australia, Canada, the European Union and the
United States.

“The EPA monitors international
developments and continually reviews global research on
hazardous substances, including glyphosate, and we have no
evidence that risks associated with using glyphosate, or its
hazardous nature, have changed. However, we feel the time is
right for us to take another look at this substance. This is
something we have been considering for some time, and is in
line with our stance as a proactive regulator – putting the
environment and the health of people front and
centre.

“The call for information will provide us with
information on how glyphosate is currently being used in New
Zealand. It is possible this has changed since we approved
its use.

“We want to understand whether products
containing glyphosate may be damaging the environment or
human health, despite the clear rules in place. We also want
to know about the economic benefits of glyphosate’s use,
and any potential alternatives. The information gathered
will be used to help inform our next steps.”

The call
for information will remain open until 5.00 pm 27 August
2021.

Read
about the call for information and how to
participate

Read
more about
glyphosate

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