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NFPA'S CRAWFORD TRACES PHASE-OUT OF LEAD SOLDERED FOOD CONTAINERS

NFPA'S CRAWFORD TRACES PHASE-OUT OF LEAD SOLDERED FOOD CONTAINERS
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A presentation today to the Toxicology Forum traced the reduction in lead from canned foods from 1971 to final phase-out of lead-soldered food cans last year.
 "This is a story of the food industry working with a regulatory agency toward common goals," said Dr. Lester M. Crawford, executive vice president for scientific affairs for the National Food Processors Association.
 Crawford pointed out that NFPA worked with the Food and Drug Administration and the Can Manufacturers Institute to cut lead levels. The first task was to refine and standardize analytical techniques for measuring lead in food. Once that was accomplished, the laboratory analytical methods were used to survey a variety of canned products to determine lead levels at the time of production and after six months of storage.
 Within two years, the industry had achieved significant reductions in lead levels through improved can manufacturing techniques. Such reductions were continued over the years, and by 1988 the industry had achieved a reduction of 87 percent, which was documented through market basket surveys submitted to FDA.
 "By the mid-1980s, the industry was converting in earnest to welded and two-piece cans without any lead side seam," Crawford observed. He added, "The decline has been so dramatic that production in the United States ceased in December 1991."
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. The association's three research laboratories serve its 500 member companies, manufacturers of the nation's processed-packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks, and specialty products.
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