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New CRM for trace metals in chocolate released (ERM-BD512)


Chocolate and other sweetened cocoa products used in cocoa beverages are frequently consumed by children and adolescents and represent one of the main sources of cadmium exposure for these age groups. Cadmium is known to cause kidney damage. The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives concluded that there is a need to reduce exposure to cadmium at the population level, which eventually led to establishing the new MRLs for cadmium in chocolate and cocoa.

On 1 January 2018 a new amendment ((EC) No 488/2014) to Commission regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 came into force establishing, among others, new maximum residue levels (MRLs) for cadmium in chocolate and cocoa products.

The new CRM:
To support monitoring of these MRLs in chocolate by food authorities the JRC has released a new Certified Reference Material ERM-BD512 Dark Chocolate, certified for cadmium and three other trace elements. This new CRM was produced from commercially available chocolate, with cadmium content of about half of the new regulatory limit. It will allow laboratories to control analytical measurements made to ensure food safety.

Source: European Commission, JRC, Directorate F - Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

Related EVISA information

Material database: ERM-BD512 Dark Chocolate
Material database: Foodstuffs

Link database: Human dietary cadmium exposure

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