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Mapa and Ibama apprehend more than 5,000 kilos of counterfeit pesticides in surroundings of Brasilia

Christian Fernsby |
Ajoint inspection action between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) and the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) resulted in the seizure of more than 5,000 kilos of counterfeit crop protection products.

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The operation, which took place in the Federal District and its surroundings, aimed at stored products that would be marketed to rural producers and used in crops.

As they are unauthorized products, their use could cause damage to applicators, damage to the environment and risk to food security.

Federal agricultural and livestock tax auditors and Ibama inspectors inspected 11 companies. Of these, four had a large stock of expired, unidentified and counterfeit products. In one of the companies, a hidden stock was found, in which the illegal crop protection products were stored.

During the operation, source documents, labels, package inserts, packaging and security QRcodes were analyzed that some companies are using to identify the authenticity of the original pesticides produced by them.

The irregular products were seized and the companies will respond administratively to processes in both bodies.

“Commercial establishments have an obligation to return past due crop protection products to the registration companies, as determined by current legislation. Keeping these products expired in the trade can feed the illegal market, in addition to being a very serious infraction ”, explains the head of inspection of Agrochemicals of the Map, Júlio Lima.

Infringements are also considered an environmental crime. In the total of the operation in which AFFAs from Mato Grosso and Brasília participated, four infraction notices were issued to the inspected companies, with seizure of 18 different brands of pesticides, five of which were counterfeit.

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