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Brazil MG state public prosecutor advises against emamectin

The Mato Grosso state public prosecutor's office has recommended the suspension of the recent state authorisation of the use of emamectin benzoate-based insecticides for the control of earworms (Helicoverpa spp). It has requested such to the state's plant health protection agency, the Indea. The emergency one-year approval was issued in the state's official gazette last month (see this issue). The prosecutor notes that the insecticide is classified as "extremely toxic"” in Brazil, and lists some of the harm it may cause such as deformed foetuses. The import and use of emamectin is among the measures such states may implement under national emergency regulations (Agrow No 677, p 17). Earworms are devastating cotton and soybean crops in much of Brazil.



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