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Cadmium in fertilisers

Since 1997 the Commission has together with the Member States initiated and conducted a risk assessment programme of cadmium in fertilisers. Furthermore, the Commission services have launched an internet consultation on a draft proposal relating to cadmium in fertilisers.

Internet consultation on cadmium in fertilisers

The Commission services have launched an internet consultation on a draft proposal relating to cadmium in fertilisers. The draft proposal foresees the stepwise introduction of upper limits for cadmium in phosphate fertilisers over a transitory period of several years. This will allow the suppliers of phosphate the necessary time to adapt and ensure continuity of supply to the EU farmer. The result will be that the accumulation of cadmium in agricultural soils will be stopped.

More information on the Internet consultation

Risk assessments of cadmium in fertilisers

Since 1997 the Commission has together with the Member States initiated and conducted a risk assessment programme of cadmium in fertilisers.

Risk Assessments have been carried out by nine Member States based on existing data. All used the same agreed methodology defined by a consultant working on behalf of the Commission. See the Risk Assessments and the Consultant's reports.

An opinion of the CSTEE pdf - 192 KB [192 KB] (Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment) on the Member State risk assessments was delivered on 24 September 2002, at the 33rd CSTEE plenary meeting in Brussels.

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