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.
CPE Level: Level 2
- 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 practice.
- 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
- Conrad Choiniere
- Tom Neltner
- Wendy Johnson