Brazil bans Fungicide Carbendazim

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13 August 2022, Brazil: The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has taken a decision to ban the use of the carbendazim (Fungicide).

The decision was taken by Resolution of the Collegiate Board of Directors (RDC) post completion of a toxicological reassessment of the active ingredient.

The phasing out of the product will be done gradually as its one of the most used by Brazilian farmers for beans, rice, soybeans and other crops.

As per Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), there are currently 41 products formulated based on this active ingredient registered in Brazil.

According to a report by the director of Anvisa, Alex Machado Campos, there is evidence of carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity caused by carbendazim. As per document from the health surveillance agency, ″it was not possible to find a safe dose threshold for the population concerning mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity.″

Immediate ban of import of technical and formulated products

There is immediate ban on importation of both the technical and formulated product and the ban on the production of the formulated version will take effect within three months.

Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency will also provide a grace period of 12 months for the start of the export ban on these products.

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