Potential Revision of Metal Release Limits from Tableware

The EC has proposed a drastic reduction in the limits set for leachable lead and cadmium into acetic acid from tableware in contact with food/drink.

The suggested levels are 10ppb (parts per billion) for lead and 5ppb for cadmium. Whilst these values may not ultimately be adopted as a pass/fail threshold, we are able to provide analytical data to assess the level of compliance with a detection limit below 1ppb, for both lead and cadmium.

In the future, regulations may also be adopted that set limits for a much wider range of elements. These elements include: cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, arsenic, mercury, thallium, aluminium, iron, vanadium, zinc, tin and selenium, to low levels of detection.

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