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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2012) – The following statement can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council, in response to Congressman Markey’s announcement regarding Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to open public comment on his petition to acknowledge that the marketplace is no longer using bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula packaging.
“FDA’s authority to accept these types of petitions is based on marketplace facts, not on safety. While the FDA is considering his petition related to infant formula packaging, it rejected his additional petitions to remove BPA from food and beverage cans and reusable polycarbonate containers. It is clear the markets are still using polycarbonate reusable containers, as they provide important consumer benefits such as clarity and shatter-resistance.
“As recently as March, FDA reviewed the best available science and supported the continued use of BPA in food-contact materials. FDA’s findings from its recent scientific review are consistent with the consensus of major government agencies around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.”
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