Heavy Metals in Baby Foods: Where are we now?


Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Time: 2 PM EST
Duration: 60 Minutes


In late 2019, there were media reports of baby foods having high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. Since then, a congressional committee has been assembled to legislate acceptability criteria for toxic heavy metals in these products. The FDA’s Closer to Zero plan lays out steps to minimize exposure, which includes improving current methodology to meet action levels in the proposed Baby Food Safety Act. This webinar will give an update on the current method modifications the FDA is considering as well as highlight microwave digestion and inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (ICPMS) analysis techniques, used by the FDA, that can be implemented today in busy food testing labs.

What You’ll Learn

  • Receive updates on FDA methodology for the testing of baby foods for heavy metals content according to proposed congressional limits
  • Learn how to perform microwave digestion of 40 baby food and food SRMs samples and blanks in a single batch
  • Learn how to best run your ICP-MS for food analysis, and how to have confidence in your data with our new software features

Who Should Attend

  • Metals analysis lab managers, chemists, and technicians involved in trace metals testing of foods
  • Lab managers and lab technicians looking to optimize heavy metals analysis of foods
  • Lab directors and commercial lab managers looking to increase throughput of food sample testing


Kevin Kubachka, Ph.D.
Analytical Chemist
FDA Forensic Chemistry Center
Elaine Hasty
Senior Applications Chemist
CEM Corporation
Jenny Nelson
Applications Scientist
Agilent Technologies

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