ITALY, Parma. On 11 August 2021 the Commission regulation (EU) 2021/1323 was published in the Official Journal. This modifies regulation (EC) no. 1881/2006 as regards the maximum levels of cadmium in some food products.
An evaluation of the most recent occurrence data collected after the implementation of mitigation measures shows that a reduction in the presence of cadmium in many food products is now achievable. It is therefore appropriate to reduce the existing maximum levels for cadmium or to establish maximum levels for such foodstuffs. Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006.
Since cadmium is an indirect genotoxic carcinogen, and its presence consequently poses a high risk to public health, cadmium-containing products that do not comply with the new maximum levels placed on the market before the entry into force of this Regulation should remain in place.
With regard to products of animal origin, the maximum levels for cadmium set are as follows: meat (excluding offal) from cattle and sheep, 0.050 mg / kg; liver of cattle and sheep, 0.50 mg / kg; kidney of cattle and sheep, 1.0 mg / kg.
On the other hand, with regard to infant formulas, follow-on formulas and foods for special medical purposes intended for infants and young children and infant formulas, the maximum levels of cadmium set are as follows: