EU-28: EU Restrictions on Microplastics May Affect Agricultural Products

At the request of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) assessed the environmental and health risks posed by the use of intentionally added microplastics. The resultant proposed restriction includes the use of microplastics for agricultural and horticultural purposes, including polymers utilized for controlled-release fertilizers, capsule suspension plant protection products (PPPs), seed coatings, and biocides. Currently, the proposal to restrict microplastics is open for review and comment. Public consultation on the proposal is due by September 20, 2019. The Commission notes that comments on exposure/risk, benefits, and derogations will have the most impact if submitted by July 20, 2019.  

EU-28: EU Restrictions on Microplastics May Affect Agricultural Products