11 June 2008 00:14 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A group of US metal packaging producers on Tuesday defended the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in epoxy coatings for food storage applications.
The North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) issued the statement in response to recently-introduced legislation to ban BPA in food and beverage containers.
“Rigourous evaluations by government authorities worldwide consistently and repeatedly support the safety of BPA-based epoxy coatings for metal packaging,” the group said.
It added: “In addition, expert independent scientific and academic panels around the world unanimously agree that epoxy coatings made with BPA are safe for food packaging”.
Environmentalists urged Congress on Tuesday to ban the use of phthalates and BPA in consumer products as a precautionary measure. Both substances have potentially harmful health effects in humans.
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