Heavy metals

The new Regulations Relating to Maximum Levels of Metals in Foodstuffs R. 588/2018 were published in June this year and came into effect in September with a range of changes.

There are 10 new definitions including “fruiting vegetables” and “leafy vegetables”.

In Annexure A, several metals were excluded from the Maximum Levels for Metals in Foodstuffs such as Antimony, Copper and Zinc which were previously included in the regulations. Does this exclusion dictate that these metals do not have a maximum level, or does it mean they should not be present at all?

For the metals that were included, there are many more inclusions of types of foodstuffs and their levels than previously as well as the inclusion of methylmercury as a metal with maximum levels present in fish and predatory fish.

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