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Brazil Bans Carbofuran Pesticide, Citing Unacceptable Health Risk

Oct. 16, 2017, 10:42 PMUpdated: Oct. 18, 2017, 2:43 PM

Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency banned the use of carbofuran, a toxic pesticide sold under the Furadan brand.

The move follows in the footsteps of the European Union and the U.S., which banned carbofuran in 2008 and 2009, respectively, citing unacceptable health risks, especially to children.

After analysis, the Brazilian agency (Anvisa) concluded that regular use of carbofuran “results in food and water residues that constitute an acute dietary risk to the Brazilian population,” according to an Anvisa news release.

The agency also cited evidence of “neurotoxic effects, which have the potential to...

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