Councils across Australia are using the weed killer glyphosate in sensitive areas like playgrounds, despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning the chemical probably causes cancer.
Glyphosate was originally trade marked as “Roundup” and is commonly used by households, farms and local councils.
Last year, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) upgraded its assessment of the common herbicide from “possibly” to “probably carcinogenic to humans,” placing it in the same category as red meat.
The IARC found limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, mostly in agricultural workers.
The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) and the Federal Department of Health are now re-assessing the risks it presents to humans.
APVMA told the ABC it expected that investigation to be finalised in May or June.