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The European Food Safety Authority’s Update on BPA

Posted on behalf of the author, Whitney Christian

 

On January 21st, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reanalyzed the available data on BPA and concluded that the present uses of the chemical pose no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. After reviewing the data, EFSA established a new tolerable daily intake value of 4 µg/kg-day; however, based on the available research, they saw no evidence of adverse health effects at, or below, 4 µg/kg-day.

EFSA's conclusion is in agreement with what was recently reached by the FDA; however, EFSA examined a much broader body of data than the FDA, including exposures from the diet, drinking water, as well as inhalation and dermal exposures resulting from BPA in food, dust, cosmetics, and thermal paper. EFSA also examined atypical exposures such as those resulting from the use of BPA in epoxy resins used to line or repair piping systems.

Dr. John Rost of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance expects that the recent conclusions of the FDA and EFSA will reassure many consumers, who have previously seen inaccurate reports about the dangers of BPA. Furthermore, according to Dr. Rost, the use of newer, less tested alternatives instead of BPA in epoxy resin coatings, which have an "unprecedented safety record," would likely put the public at an increased risk of food poisoning. 

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Ms. Luda Kopelovich is a Senior Associate Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis where she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, and also a bachelor’s of art degree in Russian.  She received her MPH from University of California, Berkeley in 2015.  At Cardno ChemRisk (formerly ChemRisk, LLC), Ms. Kopelovich is regularly involved in litigation support, literature reviews, and exposure assessment. Her training includes risk assessment, dose reconstruction and evaluation, and environmental and occupational epidemiology. Additionally, she has been involved with assessing occupational, environmental, and consumer exposure to various chemicals, including asbestos, silica, diacetyl, benzene, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate.

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