Lead found in veggie patches

A NEW study shows one-in-five tested backyard veggie patches are contaminated with high levels of lead, exceeding Australian safety guidelines.

The levels of lead exceed limits recommended by the Health Investigation Level.

The RMIT University study tested 136 residential vegetable gardens across Melbourne and found 21 per cent had lead in the soil exceeding 300 mg/kg – an amount at which the Human Investigation Level urges people to further investigate.

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