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Brazil OKs irradiation treatment for export crops

The use of irradiation as a quarantine pest treatment has been approved in Brazil. The Ministry of Agriculture authorised the measure last month. The Ministry’s plant health director Carlos Franz says the measure is for use on products destined for export markets. “We are responding to demands principally of fruit producers that will aid the export of produce to markets that accept this sort of treatment,” he says. Such countries include China, the US and the Philippines, the Ministry notes. The treatment is likely to be used on papayas, mangoes, apples, bananas, melons, peaches, citrus fruits and vegetables. The treatment may be combined with other measures to mitigate risk.

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