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Brazil imposes big fine for seized illegal agchems

The Brazilian environmental agency, the Ibama, and national police confiscated 74 kg of counterfeit pesticides in an operation in Mato Grosso state late last month. The infringer has been fined R$600,000 ($350,000) for the crime. The products included unregistered versions of the BASF insecticide, fipronil, and the insecticide/acaricide, Pegasus (diafenthiuron). The operation took place on a soybean growing farm, which admitted to having treated 30 ha of land with the products. The treated crops were “immediately destroyed”, which was the first time such action had been taken in the state, the Ibama notes. The authorities also charged the farm R$30,000 ($17,000) for not returning empty pesticide containers. Inspectors reported Spanish language information on labels, “indicating that the products had come from China or India”, the Ibama notes. Fipronil has been among the major counterfeit pesticides trafficked in Brazil ( Agrow No 603, p 15).

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