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Public Health (24-06-2015)

Opinion on new conclusions on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have published the Opinion on new conclusions on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils.

The former Scientific Committee for Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and Environment adopted an opinion on “The Member State Assessments of the Risk to Health and the Environment from Cadmium in Fertilizers” in 2002. Since then, new scientific information has become available, leading the Commission to ask the SCHER to assess whether the new information would warrant an update of 2002 Opinion.

The SCHER concludes that, the newly acquired information is of sufficient scientific quality to warrant an update of the 2002 Opinion. Of particular relevance is the lower cadmium soil concentrations, as compared with the previously higher levels upon which the 2002 Opinion was based.