On September 14, 2020, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced the publication of its human health risk assessment of aluminum. It found that “total aluminum exposure through food, consumer products and soil is well below the health-based guidance value” of 2 mg/kg body weight per week as set by a joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) expert committee on food additives. Aluminum exposure was found to be very low from use of personal care products. Instead, the larger source of exposure was identified through the diet via food, which includes crop uptake from the soil, food additives, packaging materials, and kitchenware.

The assessment concluded that there is “no concern for the aggregate exposure of children 7–12 months old and 3–10 years old, of adolescents 11–17 years old and of adults to aluminum in diet, soil and personal care products.”

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RIVM (September 14, 2020). “Total aluminium exposure not harmful to health.”

Chemical Watch (September 17, 2020). “Aluminium exposure at safe levels in population, RIVM review finds.”


RIVM (September 14, 2020). “Human health risk assessment of aluminum.”