Last Updated: May 30, 2012Topic: Lead (Pb)
Overview: The confectionery industry adheres to FDA’s guidance for safe levels of lead in candy.
The U.S. candy industry supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) guideline for allowable lead levels in confectionery. The guideline, which was enacted in 2006 following a year-long public review, sets a guidance level for lead in confectionery at 0.1 parts per million (ppm), an 80 per cent reduction from the previous limit and the strictest standard in the world.
By establishing a national standard the FDA has ensured a uniform, nationwide product safety while avoiding the consumer confusion that would result from a patchwork of different local and state-level regulations.