Do not use aluminum to wrap food intended for children and pregnant women: this is the alarm raised by the Food Safety Committee (CNSA). According to experts, in fact, this material, present in metal trays and foil sheets, often also used for cooking, can easily migrate into food and “lead to exceeding the maximum established dose” with a consequent and potential risk for health for vulnerable sections of the population.
The committee has reassessed the issue already examined in the “Consumer exposure to aluminum resulting from food contact” opinion dating back to 2017, in light of the results of new studies carried out by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.
Already in 2008 the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) defined a tolerable weekly aluminum dose of 20 for a child of 20 kg and 70 mg for a 70 kg adult. The data resulting from studies conducted in the Member States, “indicate a significant probability of overcoming this dose in children and young people as they are more exposed to aluminum contained in food”. The different types of food and condiments they also promote migration, especially sour and salty ones, such as lemon juice, salted anchovies or capers in oil. The Committee therefore hopes that “the development of a monitoring plan relating to the presence and release of aluminum from contact materials and appropriate risk information methods for citizens and businesses”, stressing the need to define a ” plan ” national “with particular attention to the” risk of diseases, such as neurological or bone, also through an observational case-control study “
Among the recommendations that the Ministry of Health makes to citizens on the correct use of aluminum, there are: read the label well , checking that the tools made with this material are suitable for contact with food; avoid using them with particularly acidic or salty foods; keep food over 24 hours only at refrigeration or freezing temperature; store only solid dry foods such as coffee or nuts at room temperature for more than 24 hours.