From the Ground Up: Expert Update on Heavy Metals in Children’s Foods
The presence of heavy metals such as lead and arsenic in fruits, vegetables, grains and other foods, especially foods consumed by young children, has been in the news recently, causing concern for parents on whether these foods are safe. Healthcare professionals often are consulted on whether the risks are real, and whether dietary changes or avoidance of certain foods is required. This session will provide the current state of the science as well as what regulators, food manufacturers and advocacy groups are doing to address the issue.
- Understand the relationship between the environment and heavy metal contaminants in foods, and which foods have the greatest potential to impact exposure in young children
- Describe research and associations between neurodevelopment and select substances in foods, and how FDA evaluates the need to regulate heavy metals in foods
- Guide parents, healthcare professionals and consumers on balancing the benefits of healthy foods and contaminant risks, and provide practical steps to lower exposure
- 4.2.6 Analyzes and synthesizes information and
identifies new information, patterns and findings.
- 6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to
improve practice, service delivery, and health and
nutrition of customers.
- 8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as
well as the biological, physical and social sciences in
Susan Pac, MS, RDN
Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Nestle Nutrition Gerber Products Company
Conrad Choiniere, PhD
Director, Ofc. of Analytics & Outreach, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
Tom Neltner, JD, CHMM
Chemicals Policy Director
Environmental Defense Fund
Wendy Johnson, Ph.D, MPH, RD
Director, Public Policy and Public Policy