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National Farmers’ Federation statement on the Vietnamese Government decision to ban glyphosate

12 April 2019

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has reaffirmed its support for the ongoing safe use of glyphosate by Australian farmers following the announcement this week by the Vietnamese Government that it will move to ban glyphosate usage.

"Glyphosate remains an important tool in Australian agricultural production systems," NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.

"Australia’s world class agricultural chemical regulator, the APVMA, has approved glyphosate as safe for human, animal and environmental health when used according to the label instructions, and the NFF has complete confidence in the APVMA’s assessment."

The APVMA’s most recent scientific assessment of the human health risks associated with the use of glyphosate was conducted in 2016.

This review concluded that glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic risk to humans and there are no grounds to place it under formal reconsideration.

"Glyphosate is one of the world’s most widely used and rigorously tested chemicals.

"Regulatory authorities in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United States have publicly reaffirmed within the last three years that glyphosate is safe to use in accordance with label instructions.

"Australian farmers can continue to use glyphosate in accordance with the instructions of the label, knowing it is safe to do so.

"The Vietnam Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development’s decision does not affect Australian growers’ ability to use glyphosate," Mr Mahar said.

For more information on glyphosate and its regulation and use in Australia go to the Australian Farmers website
farmers.org.au/campaign/glyphosate/
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