Exposure to inorganic arsenic in infants and pregnant women can result in decreased performance by children on developmental tests that measure learning.
The FDA is proposing a limit of 100 parts per billion (ppb) in the cereal, in line with the level set by the European Commission for rice intended for infants and young children. Agency said its tests found that most cereals on the market either meet or are close to the proposed level.
According to FDA, it was not recommending that the general population change their current rice consumption patterns, but was offering targeted information for pregnant women and infants to help reduce exposure.
Infant rice cereal products made by Nestle SA’s unit Gerber already meet the limit proposed by the FDA, Wendy Johnson-Askew, a spokeswoman for the food products giant, said in an email.
Other manufacturers including Abbott Laboratories and Kraft Heinz Co. did not immediately respond to requests for comment.| | | Next → | Single Page