Brazilians seek US carbendazim phase-out deal
Brazilian orange juice exporters have called on the Ministry of Agriculture to request the US authorities to agree a phase-out of use of carbendazim on oranges destined for export to the country. Orange growers in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo are already switching fungicide applications away from carbendazim, Brazilian newspaper Globo reports. President of the Ministry-linked chamber of citrus crops, Marco Antônio dos Santos, says that a trend is already under way in which growers are substituting applications from the active ingredient for others that are acceptable to US importers. The US authorities began testing imported juice after notification of the presence of the ai, which is not permitted in US juice, in produce from Brazil and further imports from Brazil and Canada have since been seized (see this issue). The US authorities have reportedly indicated that a decision will be taken shortly on whether to accept a proposed 18-month phase-out for use of the ai in orchards. Brazil dominates such imports into the US.