Doubts over MAFF reassurance on metal contamination of vegetables

Reassuring conclusions about dietary intakes of metals have been drawn by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) following a study of metal contamination of vegetables and milk produced on farms near industrial sites.1 But there is doubt about their validity because of MAFF's choice of industrial processes and the fact that most of the vegetable-growing sites were too remote to be affected by fall-out from low-level emissions - though even so metal contamination of some vegetables was above proposed EC limits.

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