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•  From the Washington Post:

"The Food and Drug Administration, after congressional pressure, is now pursuing a plan to address high levels of heavy metals in baby foods. Although the agency has set maximum allowable levels of metals like lead in bottled water, it has not regulated levels of metals in baby and toddler foods, with the exception of arsenic in rice cereal.

"But spurred by a congressional report in February that found many of the products made by the country’s largest commercial baby food manufacturers contain significant levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury, advocacy groups, members of Congress and outraged parents have urged the agency to act.

"The FDA’s plan outlines a multiyear process of evaluating the science, establishing maximum acceptable levels, monitoring manufacturers’ compliance with those levels and taking enforcement actions. These maximum levels will be recommended and voluntary for manufacturers."

Hilary Thesmar, Chief Food and Product Safety Officer at FMI-The Food Industry Association, weighed in on the FDA plan:

“As the food industry association, FMI believes FDA should maintain its authority on food safety standards and action levels when it comes to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium in food for babies and toddlers. We agree the federal standards regarding these elements in baby food should be evaluated by FDA and guided by science, and we urge for speed in the agency’s process to support consumer trust through a process that is transparent and engages stakeholders.

“FMI is proactively working through both the legislative and regulatory processes, working closely with its member companies that manufacture and sell food items for babies and toddlers.