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The European Commission has amended Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 regarding maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs. With this amendment, the EC sets new limits for heavy metals. 

There are new limits set for lead in food for infants and young children, and for cadmium in vegetables and fruit. The following changes will be implemented next week.

  1. A new limit for lead of
  • 0.020 mg/kg for the following categories:

– 3.1.2 “Infant formulae, follow-on formulae and young child formulae marketed as powder”;

– 3.1.3 “Processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and young children”;

– 3.1.4 “Foods for special medical purposes intended for infants and young children marketed as powder”;

– 3.1.5 “Drinks for infants and young children labeled and sold as such marketed as liquids or to be reconstituted following instructions of the manufacturer including fruit juices”; and

  • 0.5 mg/kg for category 3.1.5 Drinks for infants and young children labelled and sold as such, to be prepared by infusion or decoction.
  1. A new limit of 0.050 mg/kg for cadmium in category 3.2.1 which now covers “Vegetables and fruit, excluding root and tuber vegetables, leaf vegetables, fresh herbs, leafy brassica, stem vegetables, fungi and seaweed”.

The amended regulation will enter into force on the 30th of August. However, a transition period has been allowed for products lawfully placed on the market before the entry into force of the regulation. Those products may remain on the market until the 28th of February 2022.

See Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1317 of 9 August 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of lead in certain foodstuffs and Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1323 of 10 August 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of cadmium in certain foodstuffs

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