Brazil agchem residue monitors to coach exporters
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is to monitor the levels of pesticide and other residues on Brazilian produce intended for export. It is to use the existing national residue and contaminants control programme, the PNCRC/Vegetal, to guide farmers towards improving the quality of produce. In the current 2011/12 season some 280 substances on 23 food products will be monitored through the collection of 2,000 samples. The substances to be monitored include pesticides as well as others such as toxins produced by fungi or micro-organisms. Last year’s study found all samples of rice, coffee, kidney beans, potatoes and tomatoes presented either no residues at all, or were within maximum residue limits (MRLs), while over 90-99% of nine other food produce samples conformed to set standards ( Agrow No 629, p 18). The PNCRC has run since 2009, and is to be extended in coming years.