03 Mar '12, 1pm

Lawmakers Push the FDA to Regulate Arsenic in the Food Supply

Lawmakers Push the FDA to Regulate Arsenic in the Food Supply

Arsenic has made its way into the limelight once again, this time in response to a Dartmouth study which found high arsenic levels in a wide variety of organic foods including baby formulas , energy bars, and energy shot drinks. Study researchers urged the FDA to begin to regulate safe levels of arsenic in foods. As of now, they only regulate safe amounts in drinking water. Congress is hearing this call loud and clear and most recently, Reps Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sponsored a bill calling for proper arsenic and lead regulation in food products. Pallone appeared at a New Brunswick preschool where he held a press conference on H.R. 3984: Arsenic Prevention and Protection From Lead Exposure in Juice Act of 2012 . Arsenic Prevention Bill The bill would require that the FDA establish safe levels of lead and arsenic in fruit juice drinks and other food prod...

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