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FDA announces proposed levels for lead in processed baby food products

16 Feb 2023 12:26 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

The proposed action levels — which are not legally set limits — would result in reduced exposures to lead and lessen potential health effects for babies and toddlers, the agency said. [Chicago SunTimes]...

How much lead would be allowed in processed baby food?

The processed foods covered by the draft proposal, entitled Action Levels for Lead in Food Intended for Babies and Young Children, includes foods in jars, pouches, tubs and boxes and intended for babies and young children less than 2 years old.

Proposed action levels:

  • Fruits, vegetables, mixtures, yogurts, custards/puddings and single-ingredient meats: 10 parts per billion (ppb).
  • Single-ingredient root vegetable foods: 20 ppb for root vegetables (single ingredient).
  • Dry infant cereals: 20 ppb.



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