Illegal agchem seizures rise steeply in Brazil
Some 55 tonnes of illegal pesticides were apprehended in Brazil in 2011, according to reported figures from the federal police. That is a rise of 73% on the comparable figure in 2010, newswire Folhaweb reports. Around 40% of the seized products were falsified versions, and the remainder, contraband, a significant switch on comparable figures the previous year, when only 5% were falsified. The national anti-trafficking campaign led by the pesticide industry demonstrates the widening if its actions against the trade including the participation of the federal police, the federal Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment, and state public bodies, Folhaweb notes. The largest state seizures were in Sao Paulo at 12.5 tonnes, followed by southern Mato Grosso (9.9 tonnes), Mato Grosso (8.7 tonnes), and Parana (8.6 tonnes).