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Cadmium in Our Food: Frequently Asked Questions

July 31, 2017

Veggies grocery storeIn 2010, the World Health Organization called cadmium a “major public health concern.” You may have heard about harmful exposures to the heavy metal via cigarettes, jewelry, or nickel-cadmium batteries. But a more common route of exposure effects more people on a regular basis. This route: our food supply.

Of late, PPRC has dug into the problem of cadmium exposure via food, specifically focusing on the primary source of exposure, which is the phosphate-based fertilizer used to grow our crops. We have just published a series of Frequently Asked Question reports (below) that focus on common questions about cadmium in fertilizer, the state of our legal protections, and possible prevention tactics.

How does cadmium get into our food chain? Which foods contain the highest concentrations? Do any laws currently protect our health? And how can we prevent harmful exposures? Find answers to these questions and many more in the following reports:

If you are a concerned citizen but don’t have time to read the above reports, we’ve published a simple, one-page summary of our findings: Cadmium in Food: Should You be Concerned?

-Cyrus Philbrick, Communications Manager

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