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Up-to-date concentration data for cadmium and lead

Between 2008 and 2010, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) calculated the levels of environmental contaminants, such as cadmium and lead, ingested in Germany as part of the LExUKon project (“Lebensmittelbedingte Exposition gegenüber Umweltkontaminanten” or food-related exposure to environmental contaminants). This was based on concentrations collected by the German food monitoring program. The first results of the BfR MEAL Study are now available. They complement these levels by taking not only foods without legally defined maximum concentrations for cadmium and lead into account but also ready-to-eat foods. According to the data from five main food groups, consumers in Germany ingest mostly cadmium and lead from cereals and cereal products.

The results can be found in the German Nutrition Society’s (DGE) 14th Nutrition Report.


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