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EFSA’s conclusions on BPA

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded in their final scientific opinion that current levels of exposure to BPA via food contact material, flavourings, cosmetics and toys for example, would not post a risk to health, despite BPA having endocrine disrupting properties.

BPA has been linked to several health impacts including breast cancer and reproductive problems. Pregnant women and children are especially vulnerable to EDCs. EFSA’s conclusions contradict a previous report from the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) in France.

HEAL’s Senior Policy Advisor on Chemicals Lisette van Vliet explains that EFSA only focuses on the liver, kidney and mammary glands when looking at the negative health effects of BPA. EFSA thinks it is unlikely that there are health impacts on reproductive organs, the brain, immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems or the development of cancer is unlikely. But it can’t exclude them. It says that there is no risk for people at current levels of exposure, without having explored what would be the case if those other effects aside from liver, kidney and mammary would turn out to be correct.

More information

- Scientific Opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs, EFSA
- Bisphenol A – new EFSA assessment cuts safe exposure level, calls for more research, CHEM Trust

Originally posted on 12 February 2015

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