Requirements for fertilisers
Fertilisers with a phosphorus content of a minimum of 2.2 per cent (5 % P 2O 5) are permitted to contain a maximum of 50 mg cadmium (Cd) per kilo of phosphorus (P). This also covers fertilisers in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003. In other fertiliser products the maximum permitted cadmium content is 1.5 mg/kg dry matter.
Ammonium nitrate fertilisers containing over 28 % nitrogen have to meet the requirements set out in EU regulation 2003/2003. Manufacturers should ensure that ammonium nitrate fertilisers with high nitrogen content have passed a test of resistance to detonation before they are placed on the market.