Technical Consultation - Proposed Changes to the Tolerances for Arsenic and Lead in Fruit Juice, Fruit Nectar, Beverages when Ready-to-Serve, and Water in Sealed Containers


The Food Directorate's Bureau of Chemical Safety is proposing to update certain regulatory tolerances within Division 15 of the Food and Drugs Regulations, specifically those for arsenic and lead in a variety of beverages, including bottled water. The purpose of this document is to provide background information and a summary of the evidence used by Health Canada in support of the recommended updates.

Those wishing to make comments or seek clarification on this proposal are invited to contact the Food Directorate's Bureau of Chemical Safety.

Consultation Document

How to get Involved

This consultation is open for comment starting June 19, 2014 until September 1, 2014 (75 days). Comments on this proposal may be submitted in writing by regular mail or electronically at the address indicated below. If you are submitting your comments electronically, please use the phrase "Arsenic and Lead Tolerances" in the subject box of your e-mail.

Comments must be received by September 1, 2014.

Contact Information

For additional information or to submit comments related to this proposal, please contact the Food Directorate's Bureau of Chemical Safety:

Bureau of Chemical Safety
Chemical Health Hazard Assessment Division
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2201C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L2
Attention: Chief, CHHAD

Reporting to Canadians

The results of this consultation will be made available. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Chemical Safety at, using the words "Arsenic and Lead Tolerances" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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