Brazil Anvisa rejects agchem approval lobbying
The Brazilian national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, has rejected "pressure" from grower groups to approve more new pesticides, business newspaper Valor Economico reports. The main current demand from the sector is for further fungicide active ingredients for use against Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi). The agency claims that the required analysis is "extremely complex" and that it "will not approve any pesticides irresponsibly". The Anvisa is assessing two ais for the control of rust, Valor reports. But both were considered carcinogenic to at least one animal species, and so required analysis of studies to demonstrate there would be no harm to humans, the newspaper adds.