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Brazil’s Pesticide Label Toxicity Rule Rewrite Gets Mixed Reviews

July 25, 2019, 8:01 AM

Brazil’s Health Ministry has issued new regulations for analyzing and classifying the toxicity of pesticides, which it says clarifies and reduces short-term health risks to people who apply them and other farmworkers.

Critics say the changes to toxicity classifications and pesticide labels will increase the chemicals’ long-term hazards.

The new regulations—issued July 23 by Anvisa, the regulatory arm of the Health Ministry—will take effect when published at the end of July and give pesticide manufacturers one year to comply.

The manufacturers will make changes in the wording and color-codes of warnings and symbols on their pesticide labels regarding toxicity,...

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