From the Ground Up: Expert Update on Heavy Metals in Children’s Foods

Tuesday, October 20
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)
Location:
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 157697

The presence of heavy metals such as lead and arsenic in fruits, vegetables, grains and other foods, especially foods consumed by young children, has been in the news recently, causing concern for parents on whether these foods are safe. Healthcare professionals often are consulted on whether the risks are real, and whether dietary changes or avoidance of certain foods is required. This session will provide the current state of the science as well as what regulators, food manufacturers and advocacy groups are doing to address the issue.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the relationship between the environment and heavy metal contaminants in foods, and which foods have the greatest potential to impact exposure in young children
  • Identify research and associations between neurodevelopment and select substances in foods, and how FDA evaluates the need to regulate heavy metals in foods
  • Guide parents, healthcare professionals and consumers on balancing the benefits of healthy foods and contaminant risks, and provide practical steps to lower exposure

Performance Indicator:

  • 4.2.6 Analyzes and synthesizes information and
    identifies new information, patterns and findings.
  • 6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to
    improve practice, service delivery, and health and
    nutrition of customers.
  • 8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as
    well as the biological, physical and social sciences in
    practice.

    Moderator(s)

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    Susan Pac, MS, RD

    Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs

    Nestle Nutrition

  • Speaker(s)

  • From the Ground Up: Expert Update on Heavy Metals in Childrens Foods -

    Conrad Choiniere, PhD

    Director, Ofc. of Analytics & Outreach, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

    FDA

  • From the Ground Up: Expert Update on Heavy Metals in Childrens Foods -

    Tom Neltner, JD, CHMM

    Chemicals Policy Director

    Environmental Defense Fund

  • From the Ground Up: Expert Update on Heavy Metals in Childrens Foods -

    Wendy Johnson, Ph.D, MPH, RD

    Director, Public Policy and Public Policy

    Nestle