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Brazil state bill to ban 20 agchems in final phase

Draft legislation in Brazilian Sao Paulo state that would ban the sale and use of some 20 pesticide active ingredients has entered its final phase, the generic agrochemical industry association, the Aenda, reports. Proposed legislation PL 01-00891/2013 seeks a ban on the sale and use of 19 ais and any organochlorine pesticide that has been prohibited in the country of its origin. In November, a public audience was held by the state legislature’s health, work and women’s committee, following which four parliamentary committees, the named plus those of urban policy and the environment, public administration, and of finance, approved the bill at first reading. A second reading will take place. The affected ais include: abamectin, acephate, benomyl, carbofuran, cyhexatin, endosulfan, phorate, phosmet, glyphosate, heptachlor, lactofen, lindane, methamidophos, monocrotophos, paraquat, parathion-methyl, pentachlorophenol, thiram and trichlorfon.

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