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Green Label — your key for healthy soil

We developed our own Green Label, confirming the ecological safety of PhosAgro products.


Cadmium content in our fertilizers is less than 5 mg/kg P2O5 (even lower than French agency ANSES recommends — 20 mg/kg P2O5), which is not contaminative for the soil and provides a healthy harvest and food products.

Heavy metals, such as cadmium, are particularly dangerous to humans

Due to the usage of fertilizers containing high level of cadmium, this toxic element accumulates in soils and transfers from the soil to people through the food chain. Cadmium is particularly dangerous to human health.


Heavy metals like cadmium are introduced into the human body through food that contains vegetable components grown using fertilizers with a high content of hazardous impurities.


High levels of heavy metals in the human body can lead to serious immune-system deficiencies and can also cause cancer.


Adverse effects of cadmium and other heavy metals are confirmed by a number of studies

French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)

Expert conclusion regarding exposure to cadmium,

France, 2019

French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is recommending setting the limit for cadmium content in fertilizers at 20 mg/kg P2O5. This is important for reducing the rate of accumulation in soils and further penetration in crops and food products.

Wageningen Univeristy & Research

Research on impact of cadmium levels in fertilizers on Cd accumulation in soil and uptake by food crops

Wageningen, 2018

Long term (100 years) calculations for EU-25 show that the content of Cd in P fertilizers does affect both levels in soil and in crops. The accumulation of Cd in soil continues if the Cd content in P fertilizers exceed 20 mg/kg P2O5.

EU regulations on content of contaminants in mineral fertilizers

48

Cd

112.41

2022
< 60 mg/kg P2O5
2026
< 40 mg/kg P2O5

To prevent the pollution of European soils and additional adverse effects of cadmium, the European Union has imposed restrictions on phosphate-based fertilizers containing high amounts of heavy metals. The restrictions will come into effect by 2022.

At this stage, products containing more than 60 mg cadmium /kg P2O5 will be prohibited, and this limit will be reduced in future.

Today, almost 40% of fertilizers supplied to Europe contain cadmium in amounts equal to or greater than this limit.

To inform consumers, the EU has also developed rules for the voluntary labelling of safe fertilizers with cadmium content of less than 20 mg/kg P2O5. In addition, companies may use their own labels. PhosAgro has already exercised this right, and our Green Label has already been approved by the European Commission.

PhosAgro’s eco-label for mineral fertilizers was developed within the EU advancing decisions on restricting fertilizers with higher content of heavy metals. The Green Label is a guarantee that the selected product is of high quality, and contains less than 5 mg of cadmium per kg of P2O5.

PhosAgro’s eco-label for mineral fertilizers was developed within the EU advancing decisions on restricting fertilizers with higher content of heavy metals. The Green Label is a guarantee that the selected product is of high quality, and contains less than 5 mg of cadmium per kg of P2O5.

We want to help you identify the greenest product that helps to protect the soil and to provide a high-quality harvest for further processing into food products. Green Label will help you: from fertilizers to final products, our eco-label will immediately designate high-quality products.