Area close to chemical fire given all clear

Land and water close to the massive fire at a chemical packaging plant in Moerdijk has not been polluted by smoke from the blaze, the public health institute RIVM and food safety body VWA said late on Tuesday.

The news means crops grown in the region have been cleared for eating, although vegetables with visible soot deposits should be avoided.
Sports fields and play areas have also been given the all clear, although the contents of open sand pits should be renewed, the experts said.
Farming organisations welcomed the news but have called for speedy compensation for growers whose crops have been lost or ruled unfit to eat.

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