Cinnaminson, NJ, May 14th
Earlier this year, the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy in the U.S. House of Representatives released Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury
. The staff report examined internal company documents and test results from manufacturers of baby food in the United States, including both makers of organic and conventional products. The Subcommittee found that some commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including those metals listed in the report’s name.
The following month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new actions to reduce toxic elements in food for babies and young children. It issued a letter to the industry reminding manufacturers of these types of foods, of their existing responsibilities related to these efforts. Secondly, the agency announced it would soon be putting into action a plan aimed at reducing toxic elements in foods for babies and young children to levels as low as reasonably achievable.
“One of the key areas being addressed by the FDA is boosting sampling of these types of foods,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL is ready to assist food manufacturers in complying with existing and emerging food regulations with independent third-party testing. EMSL’s scientists routinely analyze food samples for heavy metals, pesticides, and microbial contaminants. We also offer a wide range of other services, such as shelf-life studies and food labeling. All of these are available to manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulators, health professionals, and the public.”
Please visit www.FoodTestingLab.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
to learn more about food and beverage testing or labeling services.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella
, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com
for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.