The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has further extended its call for information on the herbicide glyphosate.
The current closing date had been tomorrow – Friday 24 September. This has been pushed out to 5pm Friday 22 October.
“We are conscious that some individuals or organisations which may wish to provide input will have had other priorities and pressures to manage due to the COVID-19 alert level changes,” says Dr Chris Hill, General Manager of the EPA’s Hazardous Substances group.
“To ensure these parties get an opportunity to have their say, we have extended the deadline by a month.”
Glyphosate has been used as a weed killer by home gardeners, farmers, and councils in New Zealand since the 1970s. Although it is commonly known as the active ingredient in Roundup, 89 mixtures containing glyphosate have been approved for use in this country.
The EPA monitors international developments and continually reviews global research on hazardous substances, including glyphosate, and says it has no evidence that risks associated with using glyphosate, or its hazardous nature, have changed.
But it believes the time is right to take another look at this substance.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are reviewing the classification and approval of glyphosate. Their conclusions are set to be released in mid-2022.
It is issuing a call for information to build a greater understanding of how glyphosate-containing products are being used in New Zealand by the time the EU findings are published and to ensure it is better prepared to assess those findings.
Source: Environmental Protection Authority