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Brazil Senate notes agchem residue monitoring failures

Cracks in the co-ordination of work among the major agrochemical regulatory bodies in Brazil are hampering the monitoring of pesticide residues in food, the Senate’s agriculture commission has concluded. Participants in a public hearing carried out at the commission earlier this month pointed to deficiencies in carrying out sampling and analysis of foodstuffs in the country. The work is carried out among the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health toxicology agency, the Anvisa, and the Ministry of Environment’s environmental agency, the Ibama. Commission president Acir Gurgacz warned that the structures of the competent bodies required help as Brazil was heading towards being the world’s major food supplier.

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