Listening to the Science on BPA in Australia and New Zealand

Consumers can have confidence in the safety of BPA.

In recent months, several leading government bodies around the globe have made clear statements in support of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) as it is used in consumer products. These are not merely opinions, but are sound conclusions backed up by comprehensive reviews of the extensive scientific literature on BPA. Of particular significance are the results of an in-depth research program on BPA conducted by U.S. government scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies.

In a recent update, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) joined the chorus of government bodies highlighting BPA safety, stating that the overwhelming weight of scientific opinion is that there is no health or safety issue at the levels people are exposed to.

This statement is significant because FSANZ is a bi-national government agency that develops and administers the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which provides a comprehensive set of safety requirements for foods in these countries.

The FSANZ position is fully consistent with a January 2015 conclusion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that ‘BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels.’ Just before the EFSA conclusion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated, based on its most recent safety assessment, that “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in food.”

Adding to this growing consensus, scientific experts at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment just endorsed the recent EFSA conclusion with a statement entitled “No health risk for consumers from Bisphenol A exposure.”

Just as government bodies around the world are listening to the science, ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group encourages consumers to “Listen to the Science” about BPA safety. There has been a lot of confusing noise about BPA safety in the media in recent years, but the science is now loud and clear.

Learn more about BPA at FactsAboutBPA.org.

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