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The National Agricultural Laboratories of Brazil and the control of residues and contaminants in food

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The laboratory activity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply in Brazil has a history that is richer than most people are aware of. The institutions that today are known as National Agricultural Laboratory – Lanagros – were once a smaller initiative that suffered ups and downs throughout the decades. The recognition that the Lanagros have today – as reference centres with open communication channels with some of the world's greater laboratories in residue and contaminants in food analyses – is the fruit of several years of hard work, good ideas and a strong will never to let down society. Today the Lanagros act not only by performing analyses for the monitoring and investigation programmes, but also in the research and development of analytical methods, providing technical advice on the elaboration of guidelines and normatives, international negotiation and the evaluation of other laboratories. The Lanagros work in an ISO 17025 environment, and they are now being directed and prepared to be able to respond to outbreaks and crises related to the presence of residues and contaminants in food, with the readiness, quickness and reliability that an emergency requires. Investments are allocated strategically and have been giving concrete results, all to the benefit of consumers.
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Keywords: animal; cereals; environmental contaminants; fruit; pesticide residues; quality assurance; regulations; residues; vegetables; veterinary drug residues

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil, Esplanada dos Ministérios70043-900 Brasília-DF, Brazil

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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