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Brazilian Fersol to lay off at least 50 staff

Brazilian agrochemical company Fersol (Mairinque) is to lay off 50 staff in the coming weeks following a disputed order to cancel production in Brazil of the insecticide, methamidophos, newspaper Brasil Economico reports. It notes that methamidophos accounts for some 90% of Fersol sales. The national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, ordered the phase-out of methamidophos at the start of the year, scheduling all production to end by July ( Agrow No 608, p 14). Fersol won an injunction in July, which the Anvisa successfully appealed last month ( Agrow No 624, p 13). Fersol has since claimed that its injunction, allowing it to continue producing methamidophos, has not been suspended (see this issue). It says that a substitute judge ruled for Anvisa in the appeal, but that three judges must still evaluate the provisional ruling. If the ruling is not overturned, the company will have to dismiss 250 staff, leaving it with just half its present workforce, Brasil Economico adds.

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