Brazil Senator blames Anvisa for irregular agchem residues
Brazilian confederation of agriculture, the CNA, president Senator Katia Abreu has repeated her criticism of the national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, for its delayed analyses of pesticide active ingredients. She has responded to the agency's reporting of the 2011 and 2012 pesticide residue in food analysis, which found irregularities in a third of food samples (see this issue). The lack of authorised products leads growers to use unapproved products on certain crops, the Senator argues. Farmers are then accused of using pesticides in an "irregular" manner, she adds.