Consumer demand for quality products is increasing. Concern about the presence of chemical impurities has resulted in monitoring and research into food quality in Australia. Cadmium has been identified as a potential concern for horticultural growers. To protect the Australian vegetable industry, the National Cadmium Minimisation Committee (NCMC) was established in 2000 to oversee a strategy to minimise cadmium concentrations in vegetables. The three approaches used are: reducing the input of cadmium into soil (by using low-cadmium fertilisers etc); using agronomic practices that minimise plant uptake of cadmium; and monitoring cadmium concentrations in produce to assess the impact of cadmium minimisation strategies.