Brazil to set minor-crop MRLs
Brazil is to issue regulations governing pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) on minor crops in the first half of 2010, the agrochemical industry association, the Andef, reports. The national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, told the country’s Parliament this month that regulations would aim to establish a system similar to the US IR-4 programme. Companies and US government agencies pool resources to produce data for registering minor-use pesticides in the US. The funds go to an agency, IR-4, which leads the research. Brazilian farmers use registered pesticides, but there are few specifically approved and with MRLs for such crops, the Andef notes. Therefore, illegal residues are often left on produce.