Acceptable daily intake (ADI)


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Estimated maximum amount of an agent, expressed on a body mass basis, to which individuals in a (sub)population may be exposed daily over their lifetimes without appreciable health risk (WHO 2004). An estimate of the amount of a substance in food or drinking water, expressed on a body-weight basis, that can be ingested daily over a lifetime without appreciable risk (standard human = 60 kg). The ADI is listed in units of mg per kg of body weight (JECFA).Related terms: Reference dose

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

It should be noted that the terms ADI and TDI are used in different context and are not synonymous.


WHO (2004) IPCS Risk assessment terminology: Internationally harmonized terms in relation to chemicals, Geneva.Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives - JECFA. Glossary of Terms.

International Programme on Chemical Safety

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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