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Brazil bill seeks agchem harm label images

Draft legislation that would force the placing on labels in Brazil of images showing some harmful effects of pesticides on human health has entered the lower house Chamber of Deputies. The proposal would result in labels similar to those already carried on cigarette packets in the country. The draft bill, PdL 1854/11, states that photo montage images on labels would alert users to the risks from poisoning, and that the images and text would be clearly visible and legible. It proposes the size, shape and design of the images. The proponents, Rosane Ferreira and Dr Florisvaldo Fier Rosinha, told MPs that not only farmers are exposed to pesticides, but farm workers and the general population “through the contamination of water courses”, and cited figures claiming some 5,000 Brazilians were harmed by pesticides each year. The proposal will have to pass through three parliamentary commissions, including that for agriculture.

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