European authority reaffirms Bisphenol A levels

by Jeff Gelski
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PARMA, ITALY — The European Food Safety Authority will not revise its opinion on Bisphenol A. The Dec. 1 statement means the tolerable daily intake of BPA, which is used in the manufacture of food and drink bottles and cans, will remain at 0.05 mg/kg body weight. The E.F.S.A. statement came after the French food agency, ANSES, released a report on BPA in September.

The E.F.S.A. set its BPA intake level in 2006 and re-confirmed it in 2008 and 2010. The E.F.S.A. said its 2010 opinion addresses the risk from dietary exposure to BPA whereas the ANSES report is that of hazard identification, comprising also elements that may be relevant for the safety assessment of non-dietary exposure to BPA. An E.F.S.A. panel said no new information would change the views of the panel in 2010.

The panel noted that since 2010 some additional studies on developing animals suggest certain BPA-related effects, but they were not sufficiently convincing. Uncertainties regarding the relevance to humans of these toxological effects remain to be clarified, according to the E.F.S.A.

Bisphenol A is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic found in such items as reusable drinking bottles, infant feeding bottles and storage containers, and in the lining of some food and drinks cans, according to the E.F.S.A.

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