FDA Proposes Limit for Inorganic Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to reduce inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal, a leading source of arsenic exposure in infants. Through a draft guidance to industry, the FDA is proposing a limit or “action level” of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. FDA testing found that the majority of infant rice cereal currently on the market either meets, or is close to, the proposed action level.

This limit is parallel to the level set by the European Commission (EC) for rice intended for the production of food for infants and young children. (The EC standard concerns the rice itself; the FDA’s proposed guidance sets a draft level for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal.)

The proposed limit stems from extensive testing of rice and non-rice products, a 2016 FDA risk assessment that analyzed scientific studies showing an association between adverse pregnancy outcomes and neurological effects in early life with inorganic arsenic exposure, and an evaluation of the feasibility of reducing inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal.

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(Source: FDA website)

Food recalls in EU – Week 38/2015

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) and absence of certified analytical report for roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 16.94; Tot. = 19.34 / B1 = 15.28; Tot. = 16.75 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 23.7 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts and groundnuts in shell (B1 = 23.7; Tot. = 27.8 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.1; Tot. = 4.3 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted peanut kernels from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 8.2 µg/kg – ppb) in ground red pepper from India
  • Bacillus cereus (1.4 x 10*5 CFU/g) in fermented beancurd with chilli from China
  • chlorpyrifos (0.93 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India
  • cypermethrin (4.9 mg/kg – ppm) and myclobutanil (0.087 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for groundnut kernels and groundnuts from China
  • poor temperature control (-4.4°C to -18.5°C) of frozen tuna loins (Thunnus albacares) from Vietnam
  • poor temperature control and insufficient labelling of frozen pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka and Oncorhynchus keta) from the United States
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • too high content of copper (70 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • too high content of sulphite (2087 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey