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EU Sets New Maximum Cadmium Limits for Some Foods

The European Commission has set new maximum levels for cadmium in some foods.  The measures will apply starting on August 30 and cover a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, and supplements.  The aim is to further reduce the levels of heavy metal contaminants in foods.  This goes towards the EU goal of putting the consumer first by making food safer and healthier and delivering more sustainable food.  Food groups that deliver most of the dietary cadmium exposure are cereals, starchy and root vegetables, nuts, and meats.  The allowable levels of cadmium differ according to food type.  It is understood that vegetarians may have a higher exposure level of dietary cadmium due to their reliance on vegetables, nuts, and cereals.

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Posted on 14 September 2021