Notice of modification to lower the maximum levels for lead in concentrated infant formula and infant formula when ready-to-serve in the list of contaminants and other adulterating substances in foods

Reference Number: NOM/ADM C-2020-2
July 3, 2020

Background

On June 5, 2019, Health Canada published a Proposal to Lower the Maximum Levels of Lead in Concentrated Infant Formula and Infant Formula When Ready-to-Serve in the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods [NOP/ADP C-2019-1] that was open to the public for comments for 75 days.

A summary of the comments received during the consultation period and Health Canada's responses are available in the information document. No new scientific information was received. Therefore, Health Canada lowered the maximum levels for lead in infant formula, effective July 3, 2020, by modifying Part 2 of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods as described in the information document.

The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new information relevant to Health Canada's scientific assessment.

Information document

To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods to Lower the Maximum Levels for Lead in Concentrated Infant Formula and Infant Formula When Ready-to-Serve - Reference Number: NOM/ADM C-2020-2, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to hc.publications-publications.sc@canada.ca with the subject heading "HPFB BCS NOM-ADM C-2020-2-eng".

Contact Information

Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new information on the scientific assessment of lead in infant formula. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the assessment or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "Lead in Infant Formula (NOM/ADM C-2020-2)" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2202C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
E-mail: hc.bcs-bipc.sc@canada.ca

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