US Standards for Lead Levels in Candy
On 22 August 2012, the California Department of Public Health announced that a candy was found to have an excessive amount of lead in it .
In December 2005, the US FDA changed the lead in candy likely to be consumed by small children requirement from ≤0.5 ppm to ≤0.1 ppm . California has codified that lead in candy excessive of natural amounts is considered adulterated. In California, the legal limits for lead in candy were set in the 2005 Lead in Candy Bill (http://www.industrial-
The regulation and code in California further states that until this lead level has been determined by regulation, then this level of lead will be determined by the Attorney General of California. The Attorney General of California can establish this level of lead based on scientific consensus or can use a level that has been set forth in a consent agreement . In 2004, some candy companies agreed to a settlement (consent agreement) under Proposition 65 that established a requirement in California for all candies to ≤0.1 ppm of lead .
This California regulation, code and settlement created a printed food contact candy packaging lead requirement of ≤20 ppm. This requirement does not apply to other food contact materials that have a lower lead standard such as ceramic packaging.
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