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Chile gets perfect agchem safety score

The Chilean pesticide industry has highlighted its rating of top marks in a US study for implementing legislation to control pesticides. The country is among 22 to gain a perfect score from the US Universities of Yale and Columbia, its agrochemical industry association, the Afipa, says. Some 13 of the 22 are EU countries, but other Latin American countries to make the list were: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Uruguay. The study assessed 149 countries’ participation in the Rotterdam Convention on prior informed consent and the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants. It also considered efforts to ban nine pesticides covered by the Stockholm Convention. They were: aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, and toxaphene. Two points were assigned for each, making a top score of 22.

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