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Brazil extends emergency use of fumigant

Brazil has renewed the emergency use authorisation for the fumigant, aluminium phosphide, for use on stored cashew nuts. The use is valid for 24 months from August 20th. The Ministry of Agriculture first authorised the emergency use in August 2011, and follows requests from exporters of the nuts bound for the US, the Ministry’s pesticide office co-ordinator, Luis Rangel, says. “The US does not permit the use of methyl bromide on this sort of cargo” he notes. “After approvals from the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and the Environment, we have been able to extend the deadline for replacing this substance with the insecticidal fumigant, phosphine,” he explains. Companies wishing to market the fumigant must apply to the relevant state authorities with attached labels and proof of status as a registered pesticide formulator in that state.

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