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“Cocktail” of 27 pesticides found in water of 1 out of 4 Brazilian cities

“Cocktail” of 27 pesticides found in water of 1 out of 4 cities

A cocktail of a number of pesticides was found in the water supply of 1 out of every 4 Brazilian cities between 2014 and 2017. In this period, supply companies in 1,396 municipalities detected the presence of all 27 pesticides which they are obligated to test for by law. Of these, 16 are classified by Brazil’s sanitary authority (Anvisa) as extremely or highly toxic, and 11 are associated with the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, fetal malformations, and hormonal and reproductive dysfunctions.

Among the cities with multiple contaminations are the state capitals...

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