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Brazil judge rejects 2,4-D cancellation request

A Brazilian federal judge has rejected the public prosecutor’s request to suspend immediately the use authorisations for 2, 4-D-based herbicides. Judge Jamil Rosa found that there was no scientific consensus on the harmful effects of the active ingredient that would justify the immediate cancellation. The verdict was released earlier this month. The prosecutor requested that the national technical biosafety commission, the CTNBio, be stopped from approving the commercial release of 2,4-D-tolerant genetically modified crops. Several are under analysis and due imminent decisions (Agrow No 679, p 16). The case is one of two the public prosecutor has recently launched seeking suspensions or other contests against pesticides in Brazil (see this issue).

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