Today, AEEP delivered a presentation at the extended ENVI Shadow Rapporteur meeting on cadmium and decadmiation. The Extended Shadows Meeting on Cadmium and Decadmiation was organized by the ENVI Rapporteur Elisabeth Gardini (EPP, IT) and it was open to Shadow Rapporteurs from the ENVI Committee, as well as all Rapporteurs and Shadow Rapporteurs from the three other EP Committees handling the New Fertilizer Regulation proposal: IMCO, AGRI and INTA Committees. Some of the key speakers included:
- Carlo Pettinnelli (Deputy Director General DG GROW);
- Prof. Claudio Ciavatta (University of Bologna) & Dr Liviana Leita (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, CREA): “Behaviour of cadmium in the soil-plant system”;
- Davide Arcella (European Food Safety Authority): “Cadmium dietary exposure in the European population”;
- Antoine Hoxha (Fertilizers Europe): “Overview of technical Possibilities of Decadmiation”;
- Mr. Mustapha El Ouafi (OCP S.A.): “Cadmium and decadmiation: the impacts of the New fertilizer regulation”;
- Noureddine Abbes, Groupe Chimique Tunisien: “Experience gained in decadmiation: the precipitation process SIAPE”;
- Pierre Jaouen (Groupe Roullier) “Managing a cadmium limit – a European industrial perspective”;
- Tomasz Włostowski (Alliance Européenne des Engrais Phosphatés) and
- Pekka Pesonen (COPA-COGECA): “The need to guarantee the quality of fertilisers farmers use to produce food for Europe and beyond”.
They also included Russian producers Eurochem and Phosagro.
AEEP presentation focused on explaining to MEPs the risks posed by the artificially and unrealistically low cadmium levels and the lack of any real health or environmental benefits that would be achieved.