Project had already passed through the Chamber; if there is no appeal within 5 working days, it goes to presidential sanction
THE CRA (Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Commission) of the Senate approved this Thursday (June 23, 2022) a project that orders agricultural producers to create self-control programs and certify the quality of their own products.
According to the rules of PL (Bill) 1.293/2021, it will be up to the Ministry of Agriculture to manage the information provided by private producers and act when it detects violations. Agribusiness agents themselves must collect lots if they find deficiencies or nonconformities.
The Senate committee’s analysis was final, which means that if there is no appeal within 5 working days supported by at least 9 senators to take it to the House floor, the text, which has already passed the Chamber, goes straight to sanction. .
The ANFFA (National Association of Federal Agricultural Inspectors) stated in a press release that it is mobilizing senators against the project to present this appeal to the President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG).
“We are talking about hormones, antimicrobials, antiparasitics that leave residues in the meat, eggs, milk and other foods we consume.”, said the association’s president, Janus Pablo. “If we are abruptly removed from a refrigeration plant, for example, this leaves the consumer very defenseless.”, he added.
The project’s rapporteur, Luis Carlos Heinze (PP-RS), stated that the text “aligns the Brazilian reality with the practices of self-control programs of regulated private agents in agricultural defense practiced around the world”. According to the senator, Europe and the United States have already adopted self-control of quality in agriculture.
The PL establishes that the registration of new products will be automatic when they follow standards established by the Ministry of Agriculture. The body is also authorized to hire external experts, including those from the private sector, to monitor this procedure.
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