Anvisa Initiates 2024 Pesticide Residue Analysis Cycle

Brazil’s Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) has commenced sample collections for the 2024 cycle of the Program for the Pesticide Residue Analysis in Food (Programa de Análise de Resíduos de Agrotóxicos em Alimentos – PARA). This initiative is crucial for monitoring food safety by analyzing pesticide residues in various food products. Samples are collected from different regions in Brazil to ensure they comply with safety standards and to identify any potential health risks related to pesticide use.

Understanding PARA

PARA, or the Pesticide Residue Analysis program, is designed to monitor and control pesticide residues in food, ensuring they are within safe limits. This program involves:

  1. Regional Sampling: Collecting food samples from diverse regions to ensure a comprehensive analysis.
  2. Laboratory Testing: Using accredited laboratories to detect and quantify pesticide residues.
  3. Reporting and Regulatory Action: Reporting findings and taking necessary actions to address any non-compliance or health risks.

Since its inception, PARA has expanded significantly:

  • Initial Scope: Monitoring began with around 100 pesticides in 9 types of food.
  • Current Scope: Now, over 300 pesticides are analyzed in 36 types of food.
  • Total Samples Analyzed: More than 40,000 food samples of plant origin have been tested since 2001.

The choice of foods for analysis primarily considers the basic diet of Brazilians, according to the Household Budget Survey by IBGE. Currently, the foods monitored in PARA represent about 80% of the Brazilian population’s food consumption.

Importance of Pesticide Residue Analysis

The Pesticide Residue Analysis program is vital for:

  1. Ensuring Food Safety: Analyzing pesticide residues ensures that food products meet safety standards, protecting consumers from potential health hazards.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: The program helps food producers adhere to regulations and use pesticides within legal limits.
  3. Public Health Protection: Identifying and mitigating risks associated with pesticide residues contributes to public health protection.

Impact and Benefits

The Pesticide Residue Analysis program benefits consumers by:

  1. Providing Safe Food: Ensuring that the food supply is free from harmful pesticide residues.
  2. Building Consumer Confidence: Enhancing trust in the safety and quality of available food products.
  3. Supporting Sustainable Agriculture: Encouraging sustainable agricultural practices by monitoring and regulating pesticide use.