Brazil court yet to rule on glyphosate, minister says tweet was wrong

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Twitter on Friday that he had incorrectly stated a day earlier that a court had lifted an injunction on products containing the popular herbicide glyphosate and that a ruling was still pending.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi attends a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File photo

An appeal is still pending on an Aug. 3 ruling that new products containing the chemical could not be registered in the country and existing registrations would be suspended starting from September, until health authority Anvisa issues a decision on its re-evaluation of glyphosate’s safety.

Maggi tweeted on Thursday that the injunction had been lifted, but on Friday said he had been wrong.

“My desire to resolve this issue is such that I have just passed on information that the glyphosate injunction had been struck down … I’m still waiting for the decision. Sorry for what has happened!!” Maggi said in a follow-up tweet.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, and glyphosate products, such as Monsanto’s Roundup, are widely used on the country’s soy crop. Monsanto is owned by Bayer AG.

Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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