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Regulators Grant Petition to Recognize BPA No Longer Used in Certain Products
WASHINGTON (July 11, 2013) – The statement below can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council, in response to a July 12 Federal Register Notice announcing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to act on a petition from Rep. Ed Markey regarding bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula packaging.
“FDA’s authority to act on this petition is based solely on marketplace conditions. As stated in the petition, BPA is no longer used in infant formula packaging. We believe this action by FDA will bring clarity for consumers and will eliminate any lingering confusion about the presence of BPA in infant formula packaging. As noted by FDA, their action is not based on any finding or conclusion that packaging containing BPA is unsafe. Epoxy resins have been widely used for more than 30 years to line food and beverage cans, protect food quality and nutrition, and extend shelf life. Based on a long history of safe use, and FDA’s recent reaffirmation of BPA’s safety, epoxy resin food can linings continue to be the preferred choice for safe and effective food packaging.
“As recently as March, FDA updated its perspective on BPA, stating that ‘BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods’ and ‘the use of BPA in food packaging and containers is safe.’ Similarly, in September 2012, Health Canada released an updated assessment of BPA concluding that ‘current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children.’
“FDA’s current perspective, based on its own recent scientific research and review, is consistent with the consensus of major government agencies around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, as well as Health Canada.”
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