Brazilian agchem residue testing covers every state
The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has rejoined the national pesticide residue analysis in foods programme, the Para. The national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, which runs the programme, gained the support after recently meeting with representatives of the state’s official health agency, the CVS-SP. The move means that every state in the country will be involved in the programme this year, the Anvisa says. The programme has run since 2001, and led to the creation of the pesticides and health education working group, the Gesa. The Para monitored residues in 18 foodstuffs in 2010, and found more than one in four samples of food contained irregularities ( Agrow No 630, p 16). Most of the offences concerned the application of products not approved for use on the crop, while fewer than 2% of samples contained approved pesticides above residue limits.