Authorities around the world have repeatedly investigated and confirmed the safety of BPA in its intended applications. This includes also a “positive listing” for the use of BPA-based polycarbonate plastic in consumer food contact applications.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Health Canada, the WHO and many more regulatory agencies worldwide concluded, based on the weight of the large amount of scientific evidence, that there is no human health concern from this chemical intermediate if used as intended. The European Commission´s Risk Assessment of Bisphenol A investigated both potential risks to human health as well as to the environment. It found that BPA and BPA-based materials are safe in current applications.
Actual human exposure to BPA is extremely small, and up to 1,000 times lower than the safety levels set by the authorities. Trace amounts of BPA that may be ingested by a person during normal daily activity are quickly converted to a kind of sugar with no biological activity, and eliminated from the human body within 24 hours.
In the environment, BPA rapidly decomposes and does not accumulate. Levels of BPA that might be detected are very low, typically less than one part per billion in surface water. Such trace levels are not regarded to have an adverse effect on the environment.
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