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WHO finding on Roundup should spark review

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Rachel Siewert 26 Mar 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on health, Dr Richard Di Natale, and Greens spokesperson on agriculture, Senator Rachel Siewert, today responded to a finding from the World Health Organisation that glyphosate, the principle compound in Roundup ‘probably’ causes cancer.

“This report from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer is extremely concerning,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP and public health specialist.

“The Greens have written to the Office of Chemical Safety today to ask whether this report will now trigger a review of the use of glyphosate in Australia.”

Senator Rachel Siewert said the response from Monsanto, the producer of Roundup, has been the most distressing aspect of this development.

“It’s a disgrace that Monsanto’s response so far has been to try to discredit a reputable international body for raising serious safety concerns about one of its widely sold products,” said Senator Siewert.

“Monsanto went so far as to suggest that this was an example of ‘agenda driven bias’ on the part of the IARC. While it’s hard to imagine what agenda the World Health Organisation might have, Monsanto’s interest in dismissing the report is obvious to all.”

Media Contact: Andrew Blyberg (Di Natale) 0457 901 600
Nadine Walker (Siewert) 0448 189 195

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