Germany’s experts listen to the science and endorse EFSA’s recent conclusion on BPA safety

No health risk for consumers from Bisphenol A exposure,” reads the headline on a recent announcement. That headline says it all as German scientific experts listened to the science and endorsed the recent conclusions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), which made the recent announcement, identifies its guiding principle as “Identify Risks – Protect Health.” As further explained by BfR in a set of Q&As that accompanied the announcement:

The BfR is responsible for assessing bisphenol A in food contact materials such as tableware and internal coatings of cans. For the BfR, the key point is the statement of the EFSA that the risk for human health is low because consumer exposure to bisphenol A is below the temporary TDI value (t-TDI).

Based on a comprehensive re-evaluation of BPA exposure and toxicity, EFSA’s scientific experts concluded that ‘BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels.’ Along with EFSA, the German BfR is not the only agency that has listened to the science.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reached a very similar conclusion on the safety of BPA after evaluating the science. In response to the question “Is BPA safe?”, FDA answers with a single unambiguous word – “Yes.”

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