Pesticide labels contain detailed information on how to properly use the product, as they provide information on the potential hazards related to the product, and the directions that should be followed in the event of a poisoning or spill.
For this reason, it is of utmost importance to read and follow the directions on the label, allowing in this manner to reduce the risks and maximize the benefits.
In order to design a pesticide label, following the NOM-232-SSA1-2009 specifications is required. These specifications establish the requirements, indications and characteristics a label must comply with.
The label is divided into 3 equal parts: a central part and two side parts. For pesticides for farming, forestry, industrial, urban and livestock use, when the container displays two main sides, as it is the case of bags or envelopes, the label should be divided into two parts displaying in the frontal side the information specified for the central part of the label, and in the upper part of the back side, it must display information pertaining to the left side of the label; and in its lower part, the information indicated for the right side of the label, or when it is not possible to display the information this manner due to the design of the bag, the specified information for the left part of the label can be displayed on the back of the left side. The right side will contain the information specified on the back of the right part of the label.
If the container is a box, the label should be divided into four parts, displaying in the frontal side the information specified for the central part of the label, except for the name, address and telephone, which should appear in the right side of it. The back part of the label should display the information pertaining to the right side of it, and the left side of the label should display the information indicated for the left part of the label.
The RSCO number is a health authorization issued by the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SAGARPA), which ensures efficiency, security and food safety of the product registered, and it is a requirement needed for sale and use in Mexico.
It consists of keys made up of letters and numbers providing some of the characteristics of pesticides. Its composition is shown as follows:
RSCO- INAC – 0143 – 008 – 009 – 089
INAC– Pesticide type
0143– Active ingredient key (a.i.)
008.- Consecutive number to a.i. record
009.- Presentation key
089.- Weight percent / a.i. concentration
Before purchasing and applying a product, you must make sure that it has a current Coordinated Health Authorization Record (RSCO) by clicking on this link:
On the other hand, you must acquire products marketed by SENASICA-certified companies,. SENASICA’s plant protection directory can be found by clicking on this link: