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Uruguay adopts FAO rules on biocontrols

Uruguay updated its legislation for controlling the sale and use of biological control agents last year. Decree 135/07 brought the country’s rules into line with UN FAO rules on the “export, shipment, import and release of biological control agents and other beneficial organisms”. Each agent must be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture’s director general of agricultural services. It assesses approval decisions on the manufacture, formulation, marketing and use of the biological control agents following a risk analysis of their efficacy and safety for human and animal health and the environment. Agents for research use will only be subject to previously existing Ministry measures. The rules were designed to “promote the use of biological controls of agricultural pests”, the Decree says.

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