New maximum levels for lead and cadmium in foodstuffs

For the population, food is the main source of lead and cadmium compounds. Based on current scientific knowledge regarding the health risk and in years of cooperation with the European Commission, the Member States and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the maximum levels for lead in Regulation (EU) 2021/1317, valid from 30 August 2021, and for cadmium in Regulation (EU) 2021/1323, valid from 31 August 2021, have been revised for certain product groups.

Foods that were lawfully placed on the market before these regulations came into force may remain on the market until 28 February 2022.

The Institut für Produktqualität offers analysis for cadmium and lead by means of ICP-MS (mass spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma) and AAS (atomic absorption spectrometry).

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