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The US FDA proposes limits for lead in processed baby food

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday proposed significant limits on lead levels in processed baby formula that could reduce exposure to the pollutant by up to 27%.

The health agency’s new draft guideline applies to packaged foods intended for babies and children under the age of two.

“While it is not possible to completely eliminate these elements from the food supply, we expect that recommended exposure levels will prompt manufacturers to take agricultural and processing measures to reduce lead levels,” the FDA said.

High exposure to lead can cause brain damage and other problems, especially in young children. The FDA estimates that the new limits could reduce lead exposure from processed baby food by 24-27%.

Reporting by Pratik Jain in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel

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