June 13: The intensifying debate over the safety of Bisphenol-A as a component of can coatings reached the halls of the United States Congress this week with the Food and Drug Administration reiterating its position that the chemical used in epoxy-based resins lining metal food and beverage containers is safe for humans.
On Tuesday, Norris Alderson, the FDA’s associate commissioner for science, was one of several experts who testified before the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Alderson reaffirmed the agency’s position that accepted scientific data has shown that the levels of Bisphenol-A in today’s cans don’t pose a health threat to humans according to John Rost, chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, which represents the interests of the canmaking industry.

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