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German state promises end to sludge spreading

The German state of Baden-Württemberg has renewed a pledge to stop the spreading of sewage sludge on farmland in a bid to reduce soil contamination risks. The environment ministry says scientific data released at a conference on Wednesday confirm that "a large number of organic pollutants with ecotoxicological or hormone-disrupting effects cause concern". Meanwhile the state's food ministry is launching a quality label to be awarded only for products grown without sludge as fertiliser. See press release.

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