EU lowers restrict values for poisonous metals in child meals and greens | World information
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Baby food, vegetables, fruits, grains, meat, fish and other foods must meet stricter limits for cadmium and lead before they can be sold in the European Union, according to the new regulations that will apply from the end August.
Cadmium and lead are toxic metals found in many foods, but below certain limits they are not considered dangerous to human health.
The EU has now lowered these limit values for a long list of foods in order to reduce exposure to carcinogenic substances, the European Commission announced on Wednesday after scientific advice.
The stricter limit values apply for cadmium from August 31st and for lead from August 30th.
Products that contain these metals above the new limits but were launched before the new regulations came into effect can be sold until the end of February.
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(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Mark Potter)
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