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EFSA Draft Opinion Finds BPA Exposure Levels Lower Than Previously Reported


Contact: Kathryn St. John (202) 249-6513  
Email: kathryn_stjohn@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (July 25, 2013)The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding the release of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) “Draft Scientific Opinion on the Risks to Public Health Related to the Presence of Bisphenol A (BPA) in Foodstuffs – Part: Exposure Assessment.” Quotes from the following may be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.

“The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) announcement today reaffirms that consumer exposures to BPA, from all sources, are very low and well below safe intake levels established by government regulators for infants, children and adults.  Based on extensive new data, the refined assessment from EFSA’s scientific experts also found consumer exposures to BPA to be significantly lower than previously estimated in their 2006 review of BPA.

“The consensus of major government agencies around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is that BPA is safe as it is currently used.  In fact, the FDA recently updated its position on BPA, stating that ’BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods.’  FDA’s current perspective is based on its review of hundreds of studies, as well as its own comprehensive research on BPA.” 

Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC | Facts About BPA | Bisphenol-A.org

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