WASTE produced by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries should not be spread on land without a detailed evaluation of its contents and properly qualified advice of its potential effect on the environment, a report from the European Commission has claimed.

Its "Survey of Wastes Spread on Land" said that special care should be taken with the spreading of waste from antibiotic production. It stated: "Most of the antibiotics are removed in the extraction process, however, it is very difficult to remove the last trace of the product. ...

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