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FAQs about aluminium in food and products intended for consumers

Updated BfR FAQs, 20 February 2015

Aluminium and its compounds are contained in numerous foods and products intended for consumers. In food, aluminium compounds can occur naturally or as part of food additives. In addition, aluminium ions can, under certain conditions, be transferred to food from food packaging and tableware.

Apart from food, cosmetic products, for example aluminium-containing antiperspirants, are an important source of aluminium exposure. Due to their anti-perspiration properties, aluminium compounds are used in antiperspirants. In addition, aluminium compounds can also be contained in lipstick as colour pigments, in toothpaste in the form of aluminium fluoride, or as coating of nano-particles in sunscreen.

Both journalists and consumers frequently ask the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) questions about the possible health risks of aluminium in foods and products intended for consumers. Against this background, the institute has summarised the most important information on the subject.

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Date Title Größe
26.02.2014
BfR opinion No. 007/2014
Aluminium-containing antiperspirants contribute to aluminium intake 152.8 KB
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20.02.2015
Updated BfR FAQs
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