Latin AmericaThe Carringers, Inc. personnel have been actively working in Latin America since 1993. We have conducted more than 30 GLP field studies involving more than 100 field trials during that period. We have also been conducting biotech field trials in Argentina and Brazil since 2001 and have completed more than 50 field studies involving over 250 field trials in field corn and soybeans. Most GMO studies are conducted under EPA and/or OECD GLP standards.
GLP Residue Studies
With a wide range of experienced field investigators in every country with significant agricultural production, we are in position to provide GLP residue studies in every major crop in Latin America. We have the ability and the experience to conduct residue studies in major crops such as banana in Central America, coffee in all the coffee-producing countries, corn and soybeans in Argentina and Brazil, oranges in Brazil, fruit crops in Chile, and vegetables in Mexico.
We have a network of excellent field investigators for conducting GMO studies in Argentina. Trial sites are all located in the three major agricultural provinces of Argentina: Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Santa Fe. We have available for our use large acreages in each of these provinces. With these large acreages, adequate separation from commercial crops is not a problem.
- Crops: Although we have focused on field corn and soybeans to date, our field researchers have experience and expertise in other crops such as wheat, grain sorghum, cotton, and sunflower. All of these crops are grown commercially in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and Cordoba provinces in Argentina.
- Sample Preparation: We have a GLP-compliant laboratory for sample preparation in Salto, Buenos Aires province. The lab has a large variety of blenders and choppers for preparing samples and a -80Â°F freezer for sample storage prior to shipping. Our current sponsors have found this sample prep service to be extremely valuable in sample shipment cost savings. Usually, by doing the sample prep in Argentina, shipping costs can be reduced by at least 50% versus shipping the entire sample back to the US.
- Government Regulations: CONABIA is the regulatory authority within the Argentina Ministry of Agriculture responsible for GMO field trials. We have experience in obtaining CONABIA permits and can assist a sponsor with this activity. CONABIA also requires several reports during the course of a field trial, including a planting report, crop destruction report, sampling report, and a final field report. We have extensive experience in writing these reports and provide this service to our sponsors.