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Auckland council reconsiders weedkiller use

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Auckland City Council has confirmed it will revisit its use of glyphosate - a key ingredient in the weedkiller RoundUp - as concerns about its safety are raised again.

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In 2015 the World Health Organisation's (WHO) cancer department said glyphosate was a likely cause of cancer, Radio NZ reports.

This week a study in the US showed humans could ingest the chemical via food.

The European Union (EU) is being urged by the European Parliament to not renew the glyphosate licence, which expires at the end of the year.

If there is no majority for the licensing renewal by the end of the year, glyphosate will be banned in the EU in 2018. The EU's 28 member nations will meet on 6 November to make a decision.

Auckland councillor Wayne Walker said the council's use of glyphosate - particularly in urban areas - would be looked at as part of its long-term plan within the next six months.

"Yes, it's going to come up, it's going to be an important issue and there will be a lot of community concern I'm sure.

"We also know that there are a large number of Auckland residents whose health is being impacted on, and they've got medical evidence to show that glyphosate is responsible for that."

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