Opposition to new EU cadmium limits widens

Phosphate rock producers body, the World phosphate institute, has requested the EU to "freeze" proposed new limits on cadmium in phosphate fertilisers, which it says are scientifically unjustified. Its opposition to European Commission plans to lower cadmium limits to 20 milligrams per kilogram of fertiliser within 15 years echoes the views expressed by Europe's trade association of fertiliser manufacturers, Efma, on release of the proposals (EED 04/08/03). The new limits would "prompt the loss of 350,000 jobs" and affect millions of people in phosphate-exporting African countries, the institute claims. See position paper.

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