Comments of the members of the Polycarbonate/Bisphenol A group (PC/BPA) and Epoxy Resin Committee (ERC) on the four French Food Safety Agency´s (ANSES) reports on Bisphenol A (BPA) issued on 9 April.
Toxicologist Justin Teeguarden of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory presented the results of two new studies on Bisphenol A (BPA) demonstrating that BPA-blood levels are too low to cause health effects in humans.
The recent announcement by Swedish Environmental Minister of plans to work for broader ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in Sweden is unclear and unjustified. It fails to clarify which products should be covered by the intended new restrictions and disregards the current scientific consensus assessment on BPA
French law to restrict the use of BPA in food packaging has no safety benefit for consumers, disregards European law and risk assessment, and severely distorts the internal and international market. The law has been adopted without addressing practical questions for its actual implementation in France or for global trade.
La Kind et al undertook a study across four US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) datasets. They applied a consistent method across all of them and they could not identify any statistical associations between BPA and chronic diseases.
The adoption by the French National Assembly of a law to restrict the use of BPA in food packaging has no safety benefit for consumers, disregards existing European law and risk assessment, and severely distorts the internal market.
Industry is deeply concerned about unilateral national bans on BPA and urges EU authorities to ensure that Member States respect existing EU rules and processes on food contact materials.
Industry expresses significant disappointment and concern at the French Senate proposal to restrict BPA in food packaging and in medical devices. The proposal has no safety benefit for consumers and disregards existing European law and risk assessment while causing disruption in the internal market.
A new study entitled 'Maternal Urinary Bisphenol A During Pregnancy and Maternal and Neonatal Thyroid Function in the CHAMACOS Study' was published in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study speculation that BPA is linked to health effects caused by thyroid hormone levels in women and newborns is not supported by the data; the authors themselves note that the thyroid hormone levels reported were within normal range and the study was not designed to measure any health effects.