On March 5, 2021, FDA issued a public statement announcing regulatory actions to reduce toxic elements — with a particular focus on arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury — in food for babies and young children. FDA cited the risk heavy metals pose to infant and young children’s neurological development. The Agency indicated that it would take the following actions:
- Issue guidance to develop action levels for contaminants such as heavy metals.
- Increase inspections of facilities to ensure compliance.
- Increase testing of foods for babies and young children.
- Collaborate with academia, industry and government to support research of additional safety information on toxic elements in food for babies and young children and additional steps that industry can take to further reduce levels.
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