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Brazil govt backs industry on agchem reviews

The Brazilian agrochemical industry has government support in its attempts to block reviews on the sale of several pesticides by the toxicology authorities, according to media reports. Minister of Agriculture Reinhold Stephanes backs continuing registrations of several active ingredients, newspaper Correio do Povo reports. The national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, is carrying out a review that has already led to a ban on the acaricide, cyhexatin, moves to bar another four ais and limit use on a sixth ( Agrow No 584, p 16). The agency has yet to issue the results on eight ais. “Without these products, we will not produce more to feed more people,” the paper reports Mr Stephanes as saying. Anvisa director Agenor Álvares calls the “pressure”, a “direct intervention” in the agency’s independence. The Ministry had already indicated support for the continued registration of the insecticide, endosulfan ( Agrow No 584, p 16).

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