U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) have introduced the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021, which aims to “require manufacturers of infant and toddler food to implement preventive controls to comply with performance standards under Section 104 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).” The act would establish action levels for heavy metals in infant and toddler foods at 10 parts per billion (ppb) of inorganic arsenic, 5 ppb cadmium, 5 ppb lead and 2 ppb mercury, effective one year after enactment. The act would also require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to regularly review the regulatory limits and provide reports to Congress summarizing progress on the issue.

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