FDA proposes new levels for lead in baby food, but critics say more action is needed

Last Updated on February 11, 2023 10:28 PM CST

The allowable levels of lead in certain baby and toddler foods should be set at 20 parts per billion or less, according to new draft guidance issued Tuesday by the US Food and Drug Administration. This new proposal includes processed baby folds sold in boxes, jars, pouches, and tubs for babies and young children younger than 2 years of age. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said “For babies and young children who eat the foods covered in today’s draft guidance, the FDA estimates that these action levels could result in as much as a 24-27% reduction in exposure to lead from these foods”.

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