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).

Policy Position

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

FDF supported the introduction of Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/213 on the Use of Bisphenol A in Varnishes and Coatings Intended to Come into Contact with Food and Amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as Regards the Use of That Substance in Plastic Food Contact Materials.

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.

Background

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used as a component of certain plastics. It is a component of epoxy resins, which are used in food and beverage cans and closures for glass bottles and jars. BPA is also used in polycarbonate plastic, which is used in a variety of non-breakable drinking vessels, salt and pepper mills and water containers.

The safety of BPA has been extensively tested; it is believed to be one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals. It has been used for over 40 years and its safety in use has been confirmed by a number of regulatory authorities throughout the world.

In 2015, EFSA published its most recent opinion on BPA: Scientific Opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs. This concluded that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels.

In 2018, Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/213 on the Use of Bisphenol A in Varnishes and Coatings Intended to Come into Contact with Food and Amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as Regards the Use of That Substance in Plastic Food Contact Materials was published. This Regulation includes a limit for the migration of BPA into food from coatings and varnishes applied to food contact materials and articles and from plastic food contact materials and articles. The Regulation also prohibits the migration of BPA from varnishes or coatings applied to materials and articles specifically intended to come into contact with food intended for infants and young children as well as the use of BPA to manufacture infant feeding bottles and 'sippy' cups.


Last reviewed: 15 Sep 2020