Europe’s infant formula makers have expressed “support” for new EU limits on the cadmium allowed in their products.

Earlier this week, The European Commission announced it would lower the level of cadmium that manufacturers of infant formula and chocolate can include in their products.

From January 1 next year, there will be a new wet weight limit of 0.005 mg/kg for cadmium in formulae manufactured from cows’ milk proteins or protein hydrolysates.

Other cadmium limits for formula ranging from 0.01 to 0.01 mg/kg wet weight.

Specialised Nutrition Europe, the association representing formula manufacturers operating in the region, including Danone and Mead Johnson, said its members backed the move.

Aurélie Perrichet, executive director designate at the association, said companies were “involved” in the Commission’s work “at an early stage”.

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“The members support the Commission’s efforts. Product safety and quality are top priorities,” she said.

Perrichet said there would be “very few formulations” that will need changing ahead of the new rules coming into place at the start of next year. She added: “The changes will not have an impact on the nutritional value of the products.”