Last updated on 30 September 2010

EFSA publishes opinion on bisphenol A

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has today published an opinion on bisphenol A (BPA). EFSA’s expert panel of scientists concluded that they could not identify any new evidence that would lead them to revise the current tolerable daily intake for BPA.

A tolerable daily intake is the amount of a contaminant that experts recommend can, on average, be consumed every day over a whole lifetime without causing harm.

BPA is a chemical used to make hard plastics. It is found in all sorts of products, from car headlights to food containers such as baby bottles. It's also found in the coating used inside food cans, to stop metal getting into the food.

Independent experts have worked out how much BPA we can consume every day over a lifetime without coming to any harm, and the amount people actually absorb from all food and drink is significantly below this level. Very small amounts of BPA can transfer from packaging into food and drinks, but these levels of exposure are not harmful.

The Agency welcomes EFSA’s opinion about the use of BPA. The Agency’s position remains unchanged, which is, based on current scientific evidence, exposure to BPA from food contact materials does not represent a risk to consumers.

EFSA's opinion is available at the link below.