Counterfeit Pesticides, Poor Regulations Threaten AgribusinessBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 04/29/2021 - 19:22
The first chamber of Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice reported that it would keep all necessary phytosanitary measures to continue protecting the country's agricultural heritage. This will be done by ensuring that the measures adopted to streamline foreign trade and clean up the country's trade relations are in harmony with the protection of human health and in line with national agri-food sufficiency objectives. The Ministry of Agriculture will apply the aforementioned measures regarding the importation of agricultural products.
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- In March, agriculture, fishing and livestock activities in Mexico grew 5 percent year-on-year. Regarding exports, the highest increases were seen in fresh strawberries, which grew by 66.9 percent, citrus fruits by 49.8 percent, raw coffee beans by 30.9 percent, peppers by 27.6 percent and fruits 18.7 percent. On the other hand, avocado exports shrank by 15 percent and tomatoes by 12.5 percent. Data from the Bank of Mexico indicates that during the first two months of 2021 the country's agricultural and agro-industrial balance registered a surplus of US$1.704 million.
- The international network FIAN alerted producers that the use of pesticides threatens food security and soil wealth. The announcement was made through a report that emerged during an NGO meeting. It is important to address this problem since the use of pesticides violates the right to food and nutrition in several Latin American countries.
- Luis Eduardo González Cepeda, President of the Mexican Union of Manufacturers and Formulators of Agrochemicals (UMFFAAC), reported the use and sale of illegal products in the agrochemical market, which were manufactured by companies not registered with the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). Counterfeit pesticides are a danger to industry, workers, consumers and the environment as they contain false information, adulterated components and lack the endorsement of studies to support their effectiveness. Due to the danger these products represent, UMFFAAC urged COFEPRIS to work with the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), to remove these illegal products from the market.