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New voluntary scheme to increase fertiliser safety

Defra : 09 January, 2006  (Company News)
FIAS, the Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme, which comes into force on 9 January 2006, will provide assurance for all aspects of fertiliser production and distribution up to the point of delivery to the end user.
FIAS, the Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme, which comes into force on 9 January 2006, will provide assurance for all aspects of fertiliser production and distribution up to the point of delivery to the end user.

This voluntary scheme has been devised by the fertiliser industry, supported by Defra funding, to provide a practical way of ensuring traceability and assurance along the whole production and distribution chain.

FIAS has been set up and will be managed by AIC Services, part of the Agricultural Industries Confederation.

Lord Bach, Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food, said:

'I am very grateful to AIC and the industry for the setting up the Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme. It is of paramount importance that all sectors of the fertiliser supply chain carry out their responsibilities in relation to the safety, security and traceability of fertilisers.'

The scheme will apply to importers, manufacturers, merchants, hauliers and storekeepers. It will build on the product stewardship principles that have been devised across Europe, with a strong emphasis on codes of practice and achievable standards for the industry. The Scheme will dovetail into a separate on-farm safety scheme.

If the Scheme is not successful, the Government will consider the case for legislation to improve safety, security and traceability of fertilisers.
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