EFSA Poised to Slash Exposure Limits for BPA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will reevaluate the daily exposure limits for bisphenol A (BPA) in foods following the EU Court of Justice confirmation that BPA must be listed as “a substance of very high concern”. This is due to BPA’s hormone disruption properties on the human body.  EFSA is proposing to lower the tolerable daily intake (TDI) of BPA.  There have been many new scientific studies since EFSA’s original risk assessment of BPA done in 2015.  By comparing new TDI estimates with consumer exposure to BPA in the diet, EFSA concludes that those with average and high exposure to BPA in all age groups exceed the new TDI which indicates health concerns. BPA is a polycarbonate used to manufacture plastic including coatings and can liners. Its use is already banned in the EU for certain things such as baby bottles, and France has banned its use in all food packaging, containers, and utensils.

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Posted on 14 January 2022