Bisphenol A (BPA)

FDF and the food industry continue to monitor scientific work going on around the world to assess the safety of minute amounts of bisphenol A (BPA).

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) welcomes the opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on BPA (published on 21 January 2015), which concludes that it poses no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels.

EFSA's confirmation of BPA's continued safe use should be the basis for regulatory decisions and we urge the European Commission and Member States to ensure that national measures are based on science.

Although the t-TDI (temporary Tolerable Daily Intake) has been reduced, as a result of a more refined assessment methodology, current exposure is still considerably below the t-TDI.

FDF and the food industry remain committed to the safety of food products and strongly support science-based risk assessment and proportionate management by regulators.

The levels of BPA found in food from food contact materials are not considered to be a concern to health by Regulatory authorities throughout the world. In case scientific evidence were to link minute amounts of BPA with adverse effects in humans, then the food industry would take appropriate action.

Food companies rely on proportionate legislation based on science and applicable throughout the European single market to make decisions about their products and businesses.

Bisphenol A (BPA) Q&A

Last updated 30 Jan 2015

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Last reviewed: 02 Aug 2016