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EFSA aims to lower the levels for bisphenol A

Monday, 27 January 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has warned of health risks from bisphenol A (BPA).

Bisphenol A hazards again investigated

Bisphenol A hazards again investigated

BPA is used in food contact materials such as packaging and other consumer products. It is also used in a number of non food-related applications, including epoxy-resin based paints, surface coatings, printing inks and flame retardants. As a result of abrasive contact with epoxy-based floorings, adhesives, paints, electronic equipment and printed circuit boards BPA may also be present in household dust.

Damage to liver and kidney are possible

EFSAreviewed over 450 studies relating to potential health hazards associated with BPA and identified likely adverse effects on the liver and kidney and effects on the mammary gland as being linked to exposure to the chemical. The opinion additionally considers the possible effects of BPA on the reproductive, nervous, immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, as well as in the development of cancer. EFSA’s full risk assessment is scheduled for completion in mid-2014.

Consumer risks are considered to be low

EFSA’s experts recommend that the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for BPA be lowered from its current level of 50 µg/kg bw/day to 5 µg/kg bw/day and be set on a temporary basis. The authority concludes that bisphenol A (BPA) poses a low health risk to consumers because current exposure to the chemical is too low to cause harm. EFSA’s scientific opinion shows the level of BPA that consumers of all ages are exposed to is well below the estimated level of safe exposure – known as the tolerable daily intake (TDI). EFSA finds there is no health concern as the highest estimates for combined oral and non-oral exposure to BPA are 3-5 times lower than the proposed TDI, depending on the age group.

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