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Last Updated: December 20, 2013

Topic: Lead in Candy

Overview:

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

Statement:

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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