The Norwegian Scientiffic Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) will conduct a risk assessment of cadmium in mineral phosphorus fertiliser and look at the fate and effects of cadmium in the food chain and the environment.
The risk assessment is needed for a re-evaluation of the current maximum value in the Norwegian fertiliser regulations.
Mineral fertilisers can contain the toxic metal cadmium. With repeated fertiliser applications over time, cadmium may accumulate in soil, resulting in negative health and environmental effects.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has requested VKM to give their opinion on several questions related to cadmium in mineral phosphorus fertiliser.
Agricultural plants for food and feed
Reduced germination/growth and crop
Ecotoxicology (environmental risk)
Domestic animals for food production, eating feed and/or grass from fields where mineral fertilisers has been used
Reduced animal health
The VKMs Panel on Animal Feed is responsible for the risk assessment. The report is planned to be published in April 2019.