Paraguay upgrades agchem detection equipment
Paraguay’s official pesticide inspection authorities have installed higher sensitivity laboratory equipment to detect a wider spectrum of pesticides for export bound produce. The plant health inspection service, the Senave, has invested in an ultra-performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometer (UPLC - MS/MS) that will permit more precise pesticide analysis and a greater range of active ingredients. It can determine the presence of 400 types of pesticides in one sample, the Senave notes. Service president Francisco Regis claims that the machinery means that Paraguay can count on state-of-the-art technology for the first time and guaranteeing its produce meets “highest international standards”. The launch of the technology comes in response to the rejection of shipments of Paraguayan produce in Japan for exceeding pesticide maximum residue limits, and is primarily focused on sesame exports to major destinations. The Senave is working with Japanese authorities to improve its pesticide residue laboratories.