This would be the 4th in a series of regional crop protection meetings dealing with pesticide residues in Latin America. The previous 3rd meeting, which was held 8-11 May 2011 in Montevideo (www.laprw2011.fq.edu.uy), was sponsored by IUPAC.
The primary objectives of this project are to:
- Identify and prioritize the key regional issues related to pesticide residues in crops in Latin America for both local and export consumption.
- Facilitate exchange of information and ideas regarding harmonized approaches available for the scientific evaluation and regulation of pesticide residues in crops and the setting of MRLs
- Develop recommendations for advancement of crop protection chemistry, with reference to treated crops, in Latin America.
Agriculture is an important industry in Latin America with a correspondingly significant use of pesticides. As the world population increases towards the predicted 9 billion in 2050 it is essential that there is an increase in food production, with a subsequent increase in the use of pesticides to minimize crop losses. Export of agricultural products is a major source of income today for some Latin American countries and is likely to remain or become more important in the coming years. Over the past few years the focus on the evaluation and regulation of crop protection chemistry has increased, particularly with respect to environmental assessment, product quality and residues in food. It is now considered important that the countries of Latin America adopt international approaches and standards for crop protection chemistry. This has been brought about by an increased participation in world trade which has brought new challenges to agricultural exporting countries e.g. by the possibility of having produce rejected due to higher than acceptable residue levels. In the development and adoption of new approaches for crop protection chemistry, there is a need to consider lessons learned in other regions and to adapt for local use the various harmonized approaches which are now available. These include international recommendations and standards from such international bodies as OECD, FAO, and Codex as well as the recommendations of recently completed and ongoing IUPAC projects.
Phase 1: The first phase of the project will be to identify, evaluate and prioritize the key regional issues related to product quality, environmental and human safety assessment and residues in food. An interdisciplinary working group, comprising experts from academia, government and industry, completed this task.
Phase 2: The second phase of the project is a workshop which will be held in Bogota, Colombia on 26-29 May 2013, to bring together the diverse regional stakeholders in crop protection chemistry from the research and regulatory communities in order to facilitate exchange of information and ideas regarding harmonized approaches available for the scientific evaluation and regulation of pesticide residues. The workshop will include presentations, posters, panel discussions and hands-on demonstrations > see www.laprw2013.com
Phase 3: The third phase of the project will be the compilation of a set of recommendations which will be accomplished via the project working group, together with additional experts identified during the workshop. Conclusions and recommendations will be published in both hard copy and electronic format (web-based).
See report in Chem Int. Nov 2013, pp. 20-21 (section Project Place)
Last update 13 Jan 2014