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EFSA Confirms Safety of BPA Exposure in Foodstuffs and of FCM Substance Use

March 16, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) panel on food contact materials, enzymes, flavorings and processing aids (CEF) has concluded that the current exposure levels to bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs pose no risk to human health.

The CEF Panel concluded that the dietary exposure to BPA for the highest exposed groups, including infants, children and adolescents, is below the t-TDI of 4 μg/kg bw per day, indicating that there is no health concern for BPA at the estimated levels of exposure. The CEF Panel also concluded that the central estimates for aggregated exposure to BPA via the dietary and non-dietary sources (dust, toys, cosmetics and thermal paper) for the highest exposed groups is also below the t-TDI of 4 μg/kg bw per day, indicating that the health concern for BPA is low at the estimated levels of exposure. However, the CEF Panel did note that there is considerable uncertainty in the exposure estimate for the non-dietary sources. A reassessment is expected upon completion of a long-term study on BPA's toxic effects, by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP). Two to three years are anticipated before results and conclusions would be reached.