[Aluminum in food]

Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 1993;44(1):55-63.
[Article in Polish]


Literature of the subject has been used to present data on the content of aluminium in groups of food products, and possible sources of its intake. Aluminium content in majority of naturally derived products does not exceed 10 mg/kg (usually 0.1-1 mg/kg). This element is consumed by humans mainly through cereals, cheese and salt. Herbs, spices and tea have a naturally high content of aluminium. Nutrients are a significant course of aluminium in infants and small children. Its content in milk-based mixes is over ten times higher, and in soya-based mixes up to several dozen times higher than that reported for breast milk. Aluminium compounds used as food additives are an additional source of this element in food in many countries. Such additives are not permitted in Poland. Food pollution with aluminium may, to some extent, be augmented by use of aluminium cutlery and kitchen utensils, equipment used in food industry, as well as packaging. Consumption analysis presented in 1989 by the FAO/WHO Experts Commission for food additives conclude that the daily intake of aluminium in children is 2-6 mg/kg, and in adults 6-14 mg/kg. The PTWI parameter for aluminium is 7 mg/kg body weight.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aluminum / administration & dosage
  • Aluminum / analysis*
  • Child
  • Eating
  • Food Analysis
  • Food Contamination*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food / analysis


  • Aluminum