Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Ministry of Agriculture to investigate pesticide poisonings

August 26, 2019

Twenty-two people — most of them children — are in stable condition after suffering from pesticide poisoning, Costa Rican authorities said.

The Ministry of Health has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) to launch an investigation into the incident, which apparently occurred near a pineapple farm in close proximity to La Ceiba School in San Juan de Florencia, in Alajuela province.

“The Ministry of Health seeks to know the details of the facts in order to manage the administrative, or possibly criminal, measures that are required to prevent the repetition of similar situations,” a Casa Presidencial press release reads.

Similarly, the existing regulations on the appropriate proximity of plantations to community centers will be analyzed.” 

Of the 22 affected individuals, 16 are children. They presented with symptoms of headache, dizziness and nausea, among others, the Ministry of Health said.

Per capita, Costa Rica is among the world’s leading users of pesticides. As a 2015 Semanario Universidad report detailed, the Regional Institute of Toxic Substance Studies (IRET) found that Costa Rica used an average of 18.2 kgs of pesticides per hectare of farmland.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October
Costa Rica
5558 views
Costa Rica
5558 views

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

The Immigration Administration on Friday said its main and regional offices will remain closed until October due to the coronavirus…

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend
Pic of the Day
782 views
Pic of the Day
782 views

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

Happy weekend from all of us at The Tico Times! [caption id="attachment_62085" align="aligncenter" width="740"] (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_111342"…

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID
Dental Tourism
2506 views
Dental Tourism
2506 views

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID

Vayolla Quiros / Goodness Dental - September 18, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guidelines for dental settings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.…