‘No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure,’ says EFSA following comprehensive review

After a comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity, an expert panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that “BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels.”

Although some news outlets continue to cover individual small-scale studies claiming various health effects of BPA, EFSA and many other government bodies around the world have conducted comprehensive reviews and clearly stated that BPA is safe as used in food contact materials.

Similar to EFSA’s conclusion, FDA responded to the question, ‘Is BPA safe?’ with one unambiguous word: ‘Yes.’ Supporting this clear conclusion is one of the largest studies ever conducted on BPA, which was published by FDA researchers in 2014, and extensive scientific documentation on numerous other studies that was recently released.

EFSA’s experts also established scientific criteria to evaluate studies that report unexpected responses at low doses. Based on these criteria, the experts concluded that “the available data do not provide evidence that BPA results in non-monotonic dose-response relationships.” This conclusion is in line with more than a decade of research and literature reviews by regulatory agencies, which found that such “low dose” effects are not reproducibly observed.

For those consumers who may still be wondering about the safe use of other products made from BPA (e.g., some reusable tableware, containers, can coatings or thermal paper used in cash register receipts), EFSA has sent a clear message: “Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level” (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI).

Download a fact sheet summarizing EFSA’s conclusions on the safety of BPA.

Read ACC’s full statement on the EFSA report.

Download the Infographic: “What does U.S. government research tell us about BPA?

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