The U.S Food and Drugs Agency (FDA) is planning to reduce toxic elements found in baby food. The agency will reduce the levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury in baby food to a level “closer to zero.”. FDA noted that it acknowledges Americans want zero toxic elements in the food consumed by their babies and young children.
The FDA statement sounds kind of funny since most of these elements occur naturally in the environment. Additionally, the plan may not be feasible since it could reduce the availability of nutritious, affordable food that most U.S families rely on for their children.
How the FDA will Execute its Plan
According to the FDA, its plan will take place in four phases. First, the agency will outline a multi-phase, science-based iterative approach. This approach will include evaluating existing data from food supply testing, chemical analytical methods, toxicological assays, and relevant scientific information.
The second phase will involve proposing action levels. The agency plans to establish an interim reverence level (IRLs) to inform the development of the FDA’s proposed action for particular toxic elements in specific categories of baby foods.
The third phase will be consulting with stakeholders on proposed action levels that will also include the achievability and feasibility of these action levels. The FDA will gather data and other information on each toxic element from every identified food category.
The fourth phase will see the agency finalize action levels. The information gathered from stakeholders such as science experts, federal agency partners, and advisory committees will make any needed adjustments and complete action levels.
Taking No Chances
The FDA will go forward and publish the final action level and establish the timeframe to assess if industries are meeting the action levels. The agency will prioritize its effort on elements with the most data and information; arsenic and lead.
The FDA also plans to consider the stances it will take not to affect nutritious food available to families in the U.S.
In the statement, FDA recognized that some fruits, vegetables, and grains obtain toxic elements as they grow. To achieve its goal of “closer to zero,” the food watch will execute continual improvement and collaboration with various stakeholders.
The issue of toxic chemicals in baby food is nothing new. The FDA tested, and it is evident that children are not at an immediate health risk posed by these harmful chemicals. However, with more science-driven and transparent progress, FDA will further reduce exposure to these destructive elements.