Health Canada asserts B.P.A. poses no risk
July 10, 2009
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WASHINGTON — Bisphenol A (B.P.A.) exposure in baby food in glass jars with metal lids, powdered infant formula, and bottled water does not pose a health risk, according to Heath Canada.
Researchers concluded levels of B.P.A. found in the products were very low and below the level established as safe for consumers by the Canadian government.
"Once again, a leading government agency has overwhelmingly confirmed that B.P.A. in food packaging is safe," said Dr. John M. Rost, chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc. "NAMPA urges those legislative entities being pressured to pass bans on B.P.A. use in food packaging to review carefully the report’s findings and the critical role of B.P.A. in food safety.
"Metal lids are the best way to protect against microbiological contamination in glass jars and ensure the foods we serve our children are as safe as possible. The metal lid is a critical component because it can withstand extremely high temperatures needed for sterilization and creates a tamper-proof seal. Likewise, the metal packaging used for powdered infant formula is specifically designed to protect the food content. These packaging technologies have been used safely for more than 50 years."
Canadian officials concluded that current exposure is "not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including infants and newborns."