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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What is happening in France?

Following reports from the French Food Safety Agency (ANSES), the French Government implemented a ban on the use of BPA in food contact materials aimed at children aged 0 – 3 years with effect from January 2013. This ban was extended to all food contact materials from January 2015.

A number of Member States including the UK raised detailed opinions objecting to the French TRIS notification.

The overall financial impact of the French ban is difficult to quantify. Without public health justification or a demonstrable consumer benefit, industry has had to divert resources to this issue that could have otherwise been employed in other areas, such as driving greater resource efficiency or healthy innovation, for example.

How individual companies choose to react to the French ban is a commercial matter and is for the affected companies to decide. As there is no universal alternative that could replace the variety of materials that include BPA, each of the various potential replacements must be trialled and tested rigorously, product by product, recipe by recipe, in order to ensure consumer safety, food quality and technical performance.

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Last reviewed: 02 Aug 2016