In February, the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition published a commentary by Carel Wreesmann entitled “Reasons for raising the maximum acceptable daily intake (ADI) of EDTA and the benefi ts for iron fortifi cation of foods for children 6–24 months of age” The maximum ADI of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) was set by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) in 1974 and puts a regulatory limit on the amount of EDTA that can be added to food. Wreesmann explains why the maximum ADI of EDTA can be increased. Raising this limit would allow a higher daily intake of EDTA, including iron EDTA. Many diets are rich in phytate, inhibiting the due absorption of iron and zinc. Iron EDTA [ferric sodium EDTA; sodium iron (III) EDTA]
has been identifi ed as both safe and eff ective in overcoming this adverse eff ect of phytate . The current ADI does not allow suffi cient iron EDTA in foods for 6–24 month-old children, and a higher level can also improve zinc absorption
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