Fertilizers are a vital component of productive agriculture but they can also contribute to environmental harm to waterways and to greenhouse gas emissions.
Fertilizers can contain contaminants, either due to their source materials or from the manufacturing process. Present at too high a concentration or inappropriately applied, some of these contaminants could pose a food safety risk.
Some fertilizer products can be miss-used as explosive pre-cursors in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices. The industry has worked closely with the relevant authorities to ensure this risk is properly managed.
Whilst most fertilizers do not represent a quarantine risk, they could carry seeds, insects and diseases as contaminants. As fertilizers are taken to rural areas and applied to land it is a high risk pathway for introduction of exotic pests, weeds and diseases. The industry has worked closely with the relevant authorities to develop and implement strict controls along the supply chain.
Due to poor procedures, or downright dishonesty, products don't always contain what they claim and may have high levels of impurities that are not disclosed. Fertilizer Australia members are committed to a Purchasing Code of Practice and the National Code of Practice for Description and Labelling of Fertilizers.
Loss of product during transport and storage can have adverse impact on the environment and create hazards on roads. Working with police and port authorities, Fertilizer Australia developed a Code of Practice to manage these risks. Members are committed to implementing the code.
Consistent and complete labelling of fertilizer products allows users to make informed choices that can help them maximise productivity and profitability. It also allows them to manage environment and food safety risk by using the right rate of the rite product at the right time in the rite way. A national code of practice sets out clear standards for what should be on a label.