21 Feb 2023

Total copper intakes below new safe level

Combined exposure to copper from all sources does not pose health concerns for the European population, say EFSA’s scientific experts. For the first time with this substance, a working group including SCAHT director Martin Wilks estimated exposure to copper from all dietary and non-dietary sources. Naturally occurring background levels of copper in food and food ingredients and long-term use of copper utensils and copper pipes are significant contributors to intake. However, the contribution of pesticides, food and feed additives, or fertilisers is negligible. Read more.