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Brazil MPs OK images in agchem label warnings

A Brazilian parliamentary commission has approved the proposed use of images of potential health impacts on pesticide product labels. The lower house’s social security and family select committee voted for the measure earlier this month. The approved wording came from Marx Beltrao MP, incorporating three draft bills. The rapporteur justified his bill, noting that Brazil had become the world’s largest pesticide market in the past seven years, while reported poisonings had more than doubled from 2007 to 2011. The proposed changes would demand that images and text be easily visible to the average person. Current rules stipulate that pesticide labels should present detailed information on among other things: recommended handling; preventive practices against poisoning; first aid measures; and potential risks to human health, animals and the environment. The proposed changes go for votes at the select committees for agriculture, and of the constitution.

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