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Intent to Add BPA to Proposition 65 List Scientifically Unjustified
WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2013)
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) today published a Notice of Intent to List bisphenol A (BPA) as a developmental toxicant under the Proposition 65 Authoritative Bodies Mechanism. The following statement on the topic can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. at the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council.
"The weight of scientific evidence does not support OEHHA's intention to list BPA under Proposition 65 and this action sharply contrasts with the results of the earlier assessment conducted by California's own scientific experts. Based on their own detailed evaluation, the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DART-IC) had unanimously concluded in July of 2009 that BPA does not satisfy the listing criteria for developmental toxicants under Proposition 65.
"The state today also proposed a safe exposure level for BPA that provides a sufficient margin of safety to protect consumers, including infants and young children. The Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) is consistent with the safe exposure levels cited by numerous other regulatory bodies around the world that have assessed the full body of scientific evidence and concluded that BPA is not a risk to human health.
"It is important for consumers and manufacturers to know that the consensus of major government agencies around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the World Health Organization supports the safety of BPA in food contact materials and other consumer products."
Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC
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