Deal on fertiliser rules sets cadmium limit at 60mg/kg

European lawmakers finally reached agreement on a new EU fertiliser regulation on Wednesday morning, with the first-ever EU-wide limit on cadmium in phosphate fertilisers.

European lawmakers finally reached agreement on a new EU fertiliser regulation on Wednesday morning, with the first-ever EU-wide limit on cadmium in phosphate fertilisers.

Cadmium has been the big political obstacle in the negotiations. The European Commission and MEPs wanted a progressive tightening of the limit from 60mg to 20mg, but member states rejected this.

Under the compromise, the 60mg/kg limit will apply from the date of application of the new regulation, or three years after its entry into force. In practice, that means it will likely apply from mid-2022.

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