Bisphenol A safe at normal levels - US FDA

15 August 2008 20:38  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to cancer and developmental diseases in animal tests, poses no human health risks at levels found in food and beverage containers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday.

In a draft report on the agency’s Web site, the federal regulatory agency said infants and adults are exposed to BPA at rates far below the 5 mg/kg body-weight/day level deemed dangerous to health. 

“FDA has concluded that an adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure from food contact uses,” the draft report said.

The report authors said they arrived at their conclusion using existing studies, but urged further studies on BPA’s effects on non-human primates.

The agency scheduled a public meeting on its findings for 16 September.

BPA is a plasticiser used in polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins manufacturing.

Animal studies linking diabetes and cancer to BPA worried consumers. North America retailers this summer pulled PC products, including baby bottles and water containers, from their shelves, while the US Congress asked companies to remove epoxy resins from their infant-formula packaging.

Representatives of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has criticised the FDA’s previous classification of BPA as safe, declined to comment until they finished reading the agency’s draft report. 

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