EFSA Updates Opinion on BPA

October 4, 2010

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has again stated that there is no reason to fear biosphenol A (BPA) if consumed according to the agency’s established tolerable dietary intake (TDI).

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has again stated that there is no reason to fear biosphenol A (BPA) if consumed according to the agency’s established tolerable dietary intake (TDI).

BPA is a chemical compound derived from polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and found in a variety of food and beverage products, including water bottles and food cans. EFSA’s current TDI for BPA is listed at 0.05 mg/kg of body weight, but some animal studies have reported adverse health effects from BPA levels lower than EFSA’s TDI.

EFSA’s updated opinion was prepared by the agency’s Panel on food contact materials, enzymes flavorings, and processing aids (CEF Panel) following a request by the European Commission.

The agency states that it is monitoring ongoing publications on BPA and is aware of studies being carried out and planned worldwide.”

To view EFSA’s detailed press release, click here.