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Scientific opinion on the tolerable upper intake level for selenium

European Union

Jan 20, 2023

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods andFood Allergens (NDA) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the tolerable upper intake level (UL)for selenium. 

A UL of 255μg/day is established for adult men and women (including pregnant and lactating women).

No risk has been reported with the current levels of selenium intake in European countries from food (excluding food supplements) in toddlers and children, and selenium intake arising from the natural content of foods does not raise reasons for concern. Selenium-containing supplements in toddlers and children should be used with caution, based on individual needs.

Safety opinion on selenium


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