The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA Panel) has initiated a public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for fluoride. Citing evidence that supports fluoride’s role in the prevention of dental caries, the NDA Panel set the adequate intake (AI) for all sources, including non-dietary ones, based on “estimates of mean fluoride intakes of children via diet and drinking water with fluoride concentrations at which the caries preventative effect approached its maximum whilst the risk of dental fluorosis approached its minimum.”

To this end, the panel set the AI of fluoride from all sources at 0.05 mg/kg body weight per day for both children and adults, including pregnant and lactating women. EFSA will accept comments on the proposed reference values until June 13, 2013.