EFSA: Total copper intakes below new safe level
Combined exposure to copper from all sources does not pose health concerns for the EU population, say EFSA’s scientific experts.
Copper is an essential micronutrient for all living beings including humans. Too much or too little copper in the diet can lead to health problems. It is naturally present in many foods and also enters the food chain through its use in organic and conventional pesticides, feed and food additives, and as a nutrient in fortified foods and food supplements.
Excessive copper retention in the body over time could be toxic for humans, especially to the liver. EFSA’s Scientific Committee has concluded that no retention of copper is expected to occur with an intake of up to 5 mg per day and established an acceptable daily intake (safe level) of 0.07 milligrams per kilogram of body weight for the adult population. EFSA's nutrition experts will establish acceptable intakes for younger age groups as a follow-up.