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Parliamentary questions
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29 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eleonora Evi, Daniela Rondinelli, Chiara Gemma, Mario Furore, Tiziana Beghin, Dino Giarrusso
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Derogation for cadmium limits in inorganic fertilisers

On 25 June 2019, the Commission published, in the Official Journal of the EU, Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 laying down rules on the making available on the market of EU fertilising products.

This regulation provides that Member States may request a derogation for its cadmium limits on the grounds of, inter alia, the protection of human health and the environment. This provision enables Member States to further reduce the limits to below 60 mg/kg Cd P2O5, as set by the regulation.

Since the regulation was published, at least two Member States have requested such a derogation, but the Commission has not yet granted these, on the grounds that the information provided was insufficient.

In September, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety published its scientific findings and recommended that cadmium limits be lowered to 20 mg/kg Cd P2O5.

Cadmium is proven to be a carcinogenic substance and the accumulated level of cadmium in arable land will increase in the coming years, according to an assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authority.

Why is the Commission delaying the process of granting derogations to Member States?

Does it intend to reduce the level of contaminants in fertilisers as part of the upcoming Farm to Fork strategy?

Original language of question: IT
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