EU to discuss future of BPA due to uncertainty in EFSA report

07 October 2010 14:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The European Commission will discuss the possibility of reducing infants' exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and the uncertainty about possible effects on health from the chemical that were expressed in a recent report by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), the executive body said on Thursday.

The Commission said it had invited the industry to a number of meetings to assess the situation and that on Friday it would discuss the EFSA’s opinion on the health effects of BPA in a meeting with governmental experts on food contact materials from its member states.

"The opinion delivered by EFSA last week confirms the current tolerable daily intake, but it also directs to areas of uncertainty, based on new studies,” said John Dalli, commissioner in charge of health and consumer policy.

The health watchdog said that it had concluded after a review of recent scientific literature and studies, which have suggested there may be possible neurodevelopmental effects from the ingestion of BPA, that they could not identify any new evidence that would lead them to revise the current tolerable daily intake for BPA of 0.05 mg/kg weight.

However, Dalli added that “it cannot be excluded that there might be an effect on the development, immune response or tumour promotion. This is a new element which will have to be taken into account in possible action to be taken by the Commission".

The Commission said it had also taken note of the fact that member states France and Denmark had adopted national measures to restrict the use of BPA in infant feeding bottles.

Infants fed with polycarbonate baby bottles are the part of the population with the highest exposure to BPA, according to the Commission.

“In view of the uncertainties expressed in EFSA's opinion, the Commission will consider how exposure to BPA of this part of the population could be reduced as low as possible,” the Commission said.

It added that as from tomorrow, the Commission would therefore discuss possible options to achieve this aim with its member states.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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