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Juice and Bottled Water Tested for Antimony Found Safe

Food Safety Action Plan targeted survey

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/28/14 -- Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that all juice and bottled water tested for antimony were safe to consume.

The CFIA tested 359 samples of juice and bottled waters for antimony in 2010-2011. The samples included 185 juice and 174 bottled waters in various types of packaging (including glass, metal can, cardboard (for frozen products), plastic and Tetra Pak).

Eight of the 185 juice samples had detectable levels of antimony ranging from 0.0038 to 0.0572 ppm. Only one of the 174 bottled water samples had a detectable level of antimony at 0.0031 ppm. While no Canadian standards currently exist for antimony in food, there is a Canadian drinking water quality guideline for antimony of 0.006 ppm.

Survey results were reviewed by Health Canada and no risks to consumers were identified. No recalls were required as a result of this survey.

Quick Facts

--  Antimony is a naturally occurring metal. One form of antimony, antimony
    trioxide, is used in the manufacturing of polyethylene terephthalate
    (PET) plastic used in food containers, and small amounts of antimony can
    migrate from packaging into a food or beverage product.
--  This survey provides valuable baseline surveillance data that will be
    used by Health Canada to update the estimated exposure of the Canadian
    population to antimony.
--  Health Canada's assessments help to determine if the food poses a health
    risk. This assessment is based on the contaminant level, the expected
    frequency of exposure and the contribution to overall diet. The CFIA
    then determines whether further action is needed, up to and including
    product seizure and/or recall. If a human health risk is found, a public
    recall notice is issued immediately.

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Contacts:
Cailin Rodgers
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600

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