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Swiss sewage spreading ban to enter into force

Swiss legislation to phase out use of sewage sludge to fertilise farmland will take effect on 1 May. Initially, sludge spreading on land used for growing vegetables and animal fodder will be banned. This will be extended to all land in 2006. Switzerland is the only country in the world to have taken such a step, prompted by fears of long-term chemical contamination. In a statement the environment ministry said that the precautionary ban would guard against irreversible damage to land, health risks and impairment of food quality. See press release.

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