What is import alert 99-42?
FDA Import Alert 99-42 is the Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE) of Foods Due to Heavy Metal Contamination. The import alert consists of various food products and is made up of 10 countries. The FDA has established other Import Alerts for heavy metals in certain foods. This Import Alert is intended to address heavy metals and foods that are not already covered by a previously established Import Alert. If a product is covered by a previously established Import Alert, that Import Alert should be used.
The FDA has set specific guidance levels for some heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead, in certain foods. However, the FDA generally has taken the approach of assessing on a case-by-case basis whether the level of heavy metals found in the food may pose a health hazard.
In making a determination as to whether a level of heavy metals in food may render that product injurious to health, FDA takes into account the properties of the specific heavy metals present in the product, the amount of the heavy metals present in the product, consumption data available for that product, and the segment of the population to be most at risk if they consume the product (FDA).
What are Heavy Metals?
Arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead are the main heavy metals that are closely monitored by food manufacturers and producers due to their toxicity. These heavy metals can end up in food for several reasons and heavy metals food testing is the only way to ensure that products are within normal ranges and meet regulatory requirements.
At high levels, heavy metals can be toxic; thus, the FDA actively monitors the levels of heavy metals in the food supply, especially in vulnerable populations (infants and children).
What importer countries are on the Import Alert?
- Hong Kong Sar
- Korea (The Republic Of)
What to do if you are on the FDA Red List?
The FDA website offers a gamut of information on import alert 99-42. However, navigating this information is a tedious and time-consuming task.
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