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Last Updated: December 20, 2013

Topic: Lead in Candy


The confectionery industry adheres to FDA’s guidance for safe levels of lead in candy.


NCA and the U.S. confectionery industry support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) guideline for allowable lead levels in candy. The guideline, 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 percent 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.

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