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Brazil Proposes to Greenlight Continued Use of Glyphosate in Pesticides

ANVISA is seeking input from interested parties by 6 June on a proposal that would allow glyphosate to continue to be used as an active ingredient in pesticides sold in Brazil. The agency determined that glyphosate does not cause cancer but is recommending that a series of precautions be adopted in its use.

Pesticide registrations in Brazil do not have an expiration date and do not need to be renewed. However, evolving technical and scientific knowledge may unearth new information on toxicity and health risks that may lead to a re-evaluation of a registered chemical ingredient. After performing a re-evaluation of glyphosate, Brazilian authorities have concluded that this chemical does not present mutagenic, teratogenic or carcinogenic characteristics, is not an endocrine disruptor and is not toxic for reproduction.

Moreover, Brazil believes there is no evidence that glyphosate causes more damage to human health than tests on laboratory animals have shown. Following an evaluation of scientific studies and reports from international regulatory agencies, ANVISA has come up with new benchmarks for the risk assessment of this chemical ingredient.

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