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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)


The US Food and Drug Administration takes the effects of toxic elements in food supplies, such as arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and lead, very seriously, especially when it comes to protecting the youngest, most vulnerable to health, and safety of the population. That is why today we are announcing new actions aimed at further preventing or reducing the chemical hazards in the food of infants and young children.

First of all, we sent a letter to the industry today, reminding the producers of this type of food in connection with their responsibilities in connection with these efforts. Second, the agency announces that we will soon launch a program to reduce the toxic elements of infant և infant food to a reasonably achievable level.

As parents, caregivers, we realize and understand the concerns about toxic elements and how they can affect our children’s health. We share public concerns about the health of American children և we want to reassure parents և caregivers that at the levels we found in our experiment, children are not at immediate health risk from exposure to food poisoning. The FDA regularly monitors the levels of toxic elements in food, and if we find that they pose a health risk, the FDA takes steps to remove those foods from the market. Studies have shown that reducing the effects of toxins can minimize the long-term effects on newborns’ developing children’s brains. A report released last month by the US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Oversight, Economic, and Consumer Policy also highlighted important questions about what more could be done to reduce the toxic elements in baby food.

The FDA has sent a letter to the manufacturers of infant և infant foods that are covered by the current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, Risk-Based Preventive Surveillance provisions, as well as those covered by other rules that require are hazard analysis? The letter reminds them of their current liability for chemical hazards, including toxic elements, in hazard analysis, including products for infants and young children. Preventive control provisions require industry to exercise control to significantly reduce or prevent any detected chemical hazards. For example, some manufacturers may perform testing operations, such as testing the final product. Finally, we want consumers to be confident that manufacturers of baby food for young children have a legal responsibility under the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act to ensure the safety of their products.

In order to build on our ongoing work with regulated industry in this area, we intend to address the following areas:

  • Provide guidance on identifying levels of contaminant activity in basic foods, reviewing those levels regularly, and, if necessary, programs to reduce them, as well as guide the industry in meeting their current regulatory obligations.
  • Increase inspections, if necessary, compliance, take enforcement action
  • Promoting infant և young baby food sampling, including exchange of results. և:
  • Collaborate with government, academia, and industry to support the research and development of additional information on the safety of infants, toddlers, and additional steps that industry can take to further reduce levels.

Our new actions will help further the agency’s ongoing efforts in this area, including our work in 2020 to finalize the level of inorganic arsenic activity for juvenile arsenic. We will work to develop additional action levels, finalize our draft guide to reducing inorganic arsenic in apple juice, and publish a draft guide setting out the action levels of juice in juices. These actions, along with increased sampling: reports, will help keep the levels of toxins in food high.

It can be understood that toxic elements are present in the environment, including our air, water, soil, and are therefore inevitable in the overall food supply. That is why another part of our program has improved the availability of consumer information resources that highlight the key to a healthy diet, including diversity for infants and young children.

For example, the FDA has provided advice on the importance of feeding infants a variety of whole-grain cereals. Iron-rich rice grains are a good source of nutrients for babies, but they should not be the only source; they do not need to be the first. The FDA does not recommend discarding packaged foods for infants և young children or excluding certain foods from the baby’s diet. The agency advises parents and guardians to talk to their pediatrician about a diet that includes a variety of age-appropriate healthy foods to get the nutrients they need. Although not directly related, it can also remind parents and caregivers not to make formula for their infants, as this has led to infants suffering from severe nutritional deficiencies due to bacteriological nutritional diseases. We will continue to work with key stakeholders to develop a message for parents նամ caregivers with a variety of nutritious մշակ nutrition և for young children.

Involving stakeholders և our federal partners on issues such as the development and development of standards will help identify effective solutions to reduce toxic elements in effective foods.

are consumed by infants and young children. As such, we will soon be announcing a public seminar to discuss the impact of impact science, the foods that can contribute to that impact, and find solutions to protect our youngest consumers.

The FDA is committed to minimizing the effects of toxic elements in food և further progress in this area. We look forward to providing additional updates in the near future.

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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