- For immediate release.
Jan Annette Woodcock, Physician
Food and Drug Commissioner – Food and Drug Administration
Susan T. Maine, PhD
Director of Food Safety և Applied Food Center (CFSAN)
Protecting one of our most vulnerable populations, infants and young children, is a priority for the US Food and Drug Administration. Today we announce a new action plan “Closer to Ero” that sets out our approach to minimizing the effects of toxins in foods commonly eaten by infants and young children. Although FDA tests show that children are not at immediate risk of exposure to toxins at food levels, we immediately begin work on the program, both for short-term and long-term purposes, to reduce continuous levels of improvement. Toxic elements contained in these foods over time
We realize that Americans want zero toxic elements in the food of their infants and young children. In fact, because these elements are found in our air, water, and soil, there are limits to how low these levels can be. Therefore, the FDA aims to reduce the levels of food, lead, cadmium and mercury in these foods as much as possible. We are also sensitive to the fact that currently requiring impossible levels can lead to a significant reduction in the availability of nutritious, affordable food, which many families rely on for their children. Therefore, our program outlines a multi-phase, science-based, iterative approach to achieving our goal of zeroing down food toxins over time.
Closer to zero includes the study of changes in the nutritional impact of toxic elements և assessment, setting levels of action (recommended limits for food toxic elements that can be reached by industry և gradually reduced as needed), promoting industry best practices և monitoring. progress
Our action plan will be implemented in three stages. In the first phase, we will immediately start our work by defining the levels of action using a quadrilateral approach.
- Assess the scientific basis of the action level. The continuous improvement cycle begins with the FDA assessing the available data on routine food testing, chemical analysis, toxicology research, impact assessment, risk assessment, and other relevant scientific information. Through a process that may include advisory committees, public workshops, consultations with scientific experts, federal agency partners, and other stakeholders, the agency will determine intermediate reference levels (IRLs) for certain toxic elements as needed. The IRL is a food impact measure that the FDA can use to determine if the amount of an individual element in a food may have a health effect.
- Suggest action levels. IRLs may be among the key factors reporting the level of action recommended by the FDA for certain toxins in baby food categories (such as whole grains, baby formula, pureed fruits, vegetables, etc.) and other foods commonly used by infants. և small children.
- Consult with stakeholders on proposed levels of action including the feasibility and feasibility of action levels. For each toxic element, for each food identified, the FDA will collect data և other information through advice that may include seminars, scientific meetings համագործակց collaborating with federal partners, among other things, assessing feasibility: feasibility. Proposed levels of action ները Deadlines for achieving them.
- Final action levels. The FDA will use the information gathered from stakeholders, updated scientific research, routine monitoring data to make necessary changes, and finalize action levels.
Following the release of the FDA’s Final Action Levels, the agency will establish an industry progress assessment schedule to meet the resumption cycle to determine if scientific data supports efforts to improve levels of action.
Our action plan will begin to give preference to the items for which we have the most data և information: arsenic և lead, while research on other items continues, going through each element over time through different categories of food used by infants և young children. : During the first year of the project (Phase 1), we will propose lead action levels for infant և infant food categories, consult with և data collection հետ with stakeholders և with federal partners on issues such as feasibility of action levels կապ exchange of resources with industry best practices for reducing or preventing lead contamination. We will complete updated sampling assignments that test for levels of toxic elements in baby food, and evaluate the science of the effects of arsenic on foods beyond baby rice grains. Stages two, three դուրս beyond are outlined in our program.
Through this program, we will also take steps to ensure that limiting the effects of toxic elements in food does not have the expected consequences. For example, limiting foods that have significant nutritional benefits by making them inaccessible or inaccessible to many families, or inadvertently increasing the presence of one toxin when food is reorganized to reduce the presence of another. In addition, our goal of approaching zero reflects the fact that fruits, vegetables, and grains take in toxic elements as they grow. Through a cycle of continuous improvement և cooperation, we aim to increase the levels of toxic elements in these foods to zero over time.
Although our testing of toxic elements in food has shown that significant reductions in toxic elements have already been found in food, the FDA is confident that our new program will help make further progress in this area. As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of food poisoning, we will continue our research and collaboration on this topic, finalizing the levels of arsenic in apple juice, launching lead action level projects in the near future, and assessing the impact of new technologies, interventions or mitigation. to reduce և reassess risks based on reduced levels of toxic elements in food. We see this work as part of a larger effort to improve our և mother-in-law մոտ program closer to los ro ր. We plan to combine our efforts to reduce the effects of toxins in baby food with other FDA initiatives to improve the health of mothers, infants and children.
Again, it should be noted that FDA testing shows that children are not at immediate health risk from exposure to toxic elements found in food levels. However, we know that further progress can be made; we are confident that a science-based, transparent, inclusive process will help further reduce the impact of these toxic elements. We look forward to providing additional updates to our plan as new data, information, progress updates and additional materials become available.
The FDA, the US Department of Health and Human Services, protects public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and safety of human և veterinary drugs, vaccines, and other biological products for human և use. The agency is also responsible for the security of our country’s food supply, cosmetics, food additives, electron beam products, tobacco product safety and security.
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