Brazil CNA blames Anvisa for 2,4-D action
Brazilian national confederation of agriculture CNA leader Senator Katia Abreu has condemned the absence of the toxicology authority in the recent public prosecutor’s attempt to suspend the use authorisations on 2,4-D-based herbicides. The public prosecutor lost a case earlier this month when a federal judge ruled against the public prosecutor for a lack of scientific consensus on the harmful effects of the active ingredient that would justify the immediate cancellation (Agrow No 686, p 16). “The [national health surveillance agency] Anvisa is simply not fulfilling its role,” Ms Abreu told Parliament. She complains that the “misguided” actions of the public prosecutor are the consequence of the “chronic paralysis” of the Anvisa, which has had eight years to reassess 2,4-D-based products, but “took no initiative and no-one knows the reasons for this serious omission”.