Cinnaminson, New Jersey, June 7th
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued draft action levels for lead in single-strength (ready to drink) apple juice and other single-strength juices and juice blends. The action is intended to reduce the potential for negative health effects from dietary exposure to lead, and supports the agency’s Closer to Zero action plan that sets forth the FDA’s approach to reducing exposure to toxic elements in foods.
The draft guidance outlines action levels, which are recommended limits of lead in juice that can be achieved by industry and progressively lowered as appropriate. In particular, Action Levels for Lead in Juice: Draft Guidance for Industry, provides draft action levels of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for lead in single-strength apple juice and 20 ppb for lead in all other single-strength juice types, including juice blends that contain apple juice.
“In their announcement, FDA estimates that establishing a 10 ppb action level could result in as much as a 46% reduction in exposure to lead from apple juice in children,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “They also report that for all other fruit and vegetable juices, establishment of an action level of 20 ppb is estimated to result in a reduction of 19% in exposure to lead from all other juices in children.”
Even though lead is in the environment as a naturally occurring element, and from consumer and industrial products and processes, there are ways to test for it and steps that can be taken to reduce its presence. EMSL Analytical’s food scientists can help growers, juice processors, importers, distributors and retailers meet the draft action levels through testing of raw ingredients, production methods and finished products.
To learn more about food and beverage testing services, please visit www.FoodTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
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