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Brazil grants emergency methyl bromide OK

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has granted emergency use authorisation for methyl bromide for use on cotton destined for export. The approval is for the control of boll weevils (Anthonomus grandis). Those companies interested in marketing products based on the active ingredient need to make applications for emergency use and submit the necessary studies for a full registration. The registration of methyl bromide would be cancelled if an agronomic, toxicological or environmental concern arose. Boll weevils appeared on Brazilian crops in 1983, while the emergency approval is to avoid trade restrictions with Pakistan, the Ministry’s pesticide office says. Various control measures are required, but use of the pesticide has been demanded by the importing country, it explains.

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