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Brazil public prosecutor demands insecticide bans proof

The Brazilian public prosecutors’ office served a legal writ last month demanding that the Ministry of Agriculture detail what procedures it has adopted to ban the sale and use of the insecticides, phorate and parathion-methyl. The information is to be provided within 15 days of an order. The national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, withdrew approvals late last year following a reassessment programme. That programme involves assessments on 14 ais, others of which have since been banned. The petition was sent to the 7th Federal Tribunal in Brasilia. It also requested an “urgent definition” from the Anvisa on outstanding reviews in the programme concerning glyphosate, paraquat, lactofen, carbofuran, abamectin, and thiram. The office’s writ particularly “questions the delays” in concluding the reassessment on glyphosate, and the prosecutors call for the ai to be banned.

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