FDA Unveils Closer to Zero Action Plan

In response to concerns about heavy metals in baby food, the FDA unveiled an action plan called Closer to Zero.  The plan sets forth its approach for reduction of exposure to toxic elements in foods commonly eaten by babies and young children and follows the introduction of the Baby Food Safety Act in Congress.  Action levels for four heavy metals are proposed although FDA has yet to evaluate the scientific basis behind these thresholds.  The Closer to Zero plan will first address arsenic and lead levels followed by a review of mercury and cadmium.  FDA has indicated that it is sensitive to the fact that creating unfeasible requirements could result in significant reductions in the availability of nutritious and affordable foods that families rely on for their children.

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Posted on 13 April 2021