Brazil bans all uses of DDT
Brazil has banned the production, marketing, import, export, and keeping of stocks of the organochlorine insecticide, DDT. The insecticide was withdrawn from the national market in two stages, the Ministry of Health’s national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, says. Its approval for use on crops was cancelled in 1985 and its use in public health campaigns prohibited in 1999. The new measure (PLS 416/99) gained presidential sanction in May. It ends the stocking of obsolete products and definitively bans all its uses, the Anvisa’s toxicology manager, Luis Claudio Meirelles, says. Stocks are to be incinerated within 30 days, and an environmental impact study carried out within two years. DDT was among the first nine pesticides to be listed on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants ( Agrow No 443, p 19).