The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report last week Thursday stating that there is no health risk in the use of bisphenol-A in food containers for infants and adults.
The FDA is still proposing more testing strategy to erase the uncertainties surrounding BPA’s use in food contact materials but for now the agency has concluded that based on their tests and calculations, an adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure in food containers.
The American Chemistry Council released a statement saying the FDA’s assessment is the most up-to-date analysis on the safety of bisphenol A in the world.
“The FDA’s conclusions are supported by reviews recently conducted by the European Food Safety Authority and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, which point to an international consensus on the safety of bisphenol A in food-contact products,” the ACC said.
Scientifically-proven safe or not, big box retailers such as Wal-Mart have already made their own conclusions on BPA’s risks and have decided to phase out products that use BPA from their shelves by next year.
The ACC needs to address and communicate quickly and efficiently that there is nothing to worry about BPA use to consumers, retailers and mass media or it won’t matter whether scientific studies deem the chemical safe as long as green hysteria continues to reign.
[Photo from WashingtonPost.com]
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