|Organization||Food Law Consult|
|Topic||Contaminants, Residues and Contact Materials|
The European Commission has amended Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 regarding maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs. With this amendment, the EC sets new limits for heavy metals. There are new limits set for lead in food for infants and young children, and for cadmium in vegetables and fruit. The following changes will be implemented next week. A new limit for lead of 0.020 mg/kg for food categories 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4 and 3.1.5. and 0.5 mg/kg for category 3.1.5 Drinks for infants and young children labelled and sold as such, to be prepared by infusion or decoction. A new limit of 0.050 mg/kg for cadmium in category 3.2.1 which now covers “Vegetables and fruit, excluding root and tuber vegetables, leaf vegetables, fresh herbs, leafy brassica, stem vegetables, fungi and seaweed”. The amended regulation will enter into force on the 30th of August. However, a transition period has been allowed for products lawfully placed on the market before the entry into force of the regulation. Those products may remain on the market until the 28th of February 2022.