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Oct. 12, 2017

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At the Regular Public Meeting held on Tuesday (September 19th), the ANVISA Collegiate Board (DICOL) concluded the toxicological re-evaluation of the active ingredient Paraquat, started in 2008 and has since than extensively studied by the Agency and discussed with the regulated sector and the society. The decision is for banning the product after three years of phase-out.
 
Paraquat is an herbicide with authorized agricultural use for post-emergence application of weeds and as a desiccant in several crops, including cotton, corn and soybean.
 
It is important to note that the risks arising from the use of the product (mutagenicity and Parkinson’s disease) are restricted to workers handling the product, so that the general population is not susceptible to exposure to food. There is no evidence that the use of Paraquat residues remain in food.
 
New scientific evidence that might exclude mutagenic potential in germ cells and biomonitoring studies that would ensure negligible exposure to the product could lead to a review of the Agency’s decision regarding banishment. However, in the absence of the availability of such data, to date, there is no legal support for maintaining the commercialization of the product in the country.
 
The term granted until the complete ban of the product, of three years, could allow the presentation of this new evidence. It can also help to minimize the high economic, agronomic and environmental impacts of the measure, considering, mainly, the high efficiency of the product, low cost, the characteristic of not causing resistance in weeds and its environmental advantages by allowing the adoption of the system of no tillage.
 
Despite the deadline for the ban, immediate restrictive measures were taken to ensure the protection of workers. Only application by closed cabin tractor will be allowed, seeking to minimize the exposure of workers to the product. Its use in different crops and in the mode as desiccant will be prohibited, besides several other measures such as actions of orientation and training to the users, changes in the labels and inserts and prohibition of the commercialization of packages with volume less than 5 liters.
 
With the implementation of all these measures, it is expected to minimize exposure to the product, assuring the health protection of workers until the phase-out is finalized.
 
There are 14 formulated products in the market:
 
PRODUCT
 
COMPANY
PARAQUAT 200 SL ALAMOS
Alamos do Brasil
PARAQUATE ALTA 200 SL
ALTA – America Latina Tecnologia Agricola
FLAK 200 SL
Cropchem
PARAMASTER
Helm do Brasil
HELMOXONE
NUQUAT
Nufarm
SEVEROBR
Ouro Fino Quimica
TOCHA
Stockton – Agrimor do Brasil
GRAMOKING
Rainbow Defensivos Agríciolas
QUATDOWN
SPRAYQUAT
ORBIT
Sinon do Brasil
PARADOX
GRAMOCIL
Syngenta
GRAMOXONE

Paraquat technical registrations approved:
PRODUCT
COMPANY
PARAQUATE TÉCNICO MILENIA
Adama Brasil
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO ADAMA BR
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO AGROIMPORT
AGROIMPORT
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO ALAMOS
Alamos do Brasil
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO CHINA
AllierBrasil
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO CHN
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO YN
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO ZY
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO LA
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO ZY
DICLORETO DE PARAQUAT TÉCNICO ALTA II
ALTA – America Latina Tecnologia Agricola
DICLORETO DE PARAQUAT TÉCNICO ALTA
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO ATANOR
ATANOR
PARAQUATE TÉCNICO BIESTERFELD
BIESTERFELD
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO JL BRA
BRA Defensivos
DICLORETO DE PARAQUATE TÉCNICO NRS- CROPCHEM
Cropchem
DICLORETO DE PARAQUAT TÉCNICO SR-CROPCHEM
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO CCAB II
CCAB Agro
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO CCAB
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO DE SANGOSSE
De Sangosse
PARAQUAT LR TÉCNICO HELM
Helm do Brasil Mercantil
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO HELM
PARAQUATE TÉCNICO NORTOX
NORTOX
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO NUFARM
Nufarm Indústria Química e Farmacêutica
DCP TÉCNICO OURO FINO
Ouro Fino Quimica
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO JL PRENTISS
PRENTISS
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO STOCKTON
Stockton – Agrimor do Brasil
PARAQUA TÉCNICO RAINBOW
Rainbow Defensivos Agrícolas
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO RED SURCOS
RED Surcos
PARAQUAT TÉCNICO SINON
Sinon do Brasil

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