MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Tests have determined that trace amounts of herbicides have been found in bagged as well as bulk compost from Vermont's Chittenden Solid Waste District.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is trying to determine the source of the contamination that has damaged some vegetable plants but is not suspected of being a threat to human health.
Tests have detected low levels of two persistent herbicides- clopyralid and picloram- in some compost made at Chittenden Solid Waste District facilities.
The Health Department says it would not expect these low levels to cause consumers any harm. It's advising gardeners to make their own informed decision about consuming produce grown in the affected compost.
So far the Agriculture Agency says there's no apparent source of the contamination.
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