In recent months there have been many reports from global regulatory agencies touting the safety of bisphenol-A (BPA). The most recent came from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which rejected a citizen petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that would have banned the chemical from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.
While we’ll let science determine what’s safe and unsafe, we thought we’d bring you some facts on the issue found in a recent article by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). According to the IBWA, recent media reports have inaccurately suggested that BPA is unsafe, which has confused consumers. We’ll let you read the full article here. But here are some bits and pieces:
- According to the FDA, “its assessment is that the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that very low levels of human exposure to BPA through diet are unsafe.” Many international studies have been conducted to assess the potential for trace levels of BPA to migrate from lined cans or polycarbonate bottles into foods and beverages. The conclusions show that polycarbonate bottles are safe for use.
- Sound, robust scientific evidence from numerous global government bodies has shown BPA is not carcinogenic in humans.
- Numerous international studies have concluded that BPA is safe for food contact products, but what seems to be the real issue is he varying quality of studies available and communicated to consumers.
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