Dietary reference values: EFSA proposes adequate intakes of iodine

EFSA has proposed adequate intakes of iodine for children, adults and pregnant and lactating women. Iodine is an essential nutrient for humans, as it is an integral component of thyroid hormones. The richest sources of iodine are marine and dairy products, and iodised salt. Insufficient intake can lead to impaired thyroid function and disorders at all stages of development, particularly in pregnancy and infancy. The latest Scientific Opinion is part of EFSA’s ongoing work on dietary reference values (DRVs).