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Brazil Anvisa supplies safe agchem use advice

The Brazilian national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, authorities has issued literature to aid rural workers in the safe use of pesticides. It gives tips on how to avoid poisonings, and recognise the main symptoms, as well as on whom to go to in case of emergency. The literature also provides recommendations when purchasing pesticides, such as the necessary protective clothing and knowing which product is for use on which crops, and the toxicity levels of different products. The latest available figures show that there were over 11,000 cases of poisonings from pesticides in 2009, resulting in 188 deaths, the agency notes. Some 20,000 copies of the literature are being distributed, half of them by regional health authorities and the other half through supermarkets.

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