Hilary Thesmar, FMI – The Food Industry Association’s chief food and product safety officer, recently commented on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s plan outlining how the agency will approach heavy metal action levels in baby food.
“As the food industry association, FMI believes FDA should maintain its authority on food safety standards and action levels when it comes to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium in food for babies and toddlers. We agree the federal standards regarding these elements in baby food should be evaluated by FDA and guided by science, and we urge for speed in the agency’s process to support consumer trust through a process that is transparent and engages stakeholders,” Thesmar said.
“FMI is proactively working through both the legislative and regulatory processes, working closely with its member companies that manufacture and sell food items for babies and toddlers.
“Food safety is the No. 1 priority for the food industry, and the companies we represent at FMI remain dedicated to delivering safe, nutritious and affordable food. The safety and health of customers are paramount to retailers who provide essential items daily. Shoppers tell us they continue to see food safety as a collective responsibility involving policy makers, farming and manufacturing, retailers and the shoppers themselves,” Thesmar said.
Learn more in FMI’s Backgrounder on heavy metals in baby food.
As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain – from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services – to amplify the collective work of the industry.