European food safety body backs BPA use

September 30: There is no new evidence to show that bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used in the manufacture of high-performance epoxy phenolic can coatings, should be more tightly controlled, according to a review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), it reports today.

Scientists on the EFSA’s CEF panel, which covers food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids, concluded that it could not identify any new evidence that would call for a revision of the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for BPA of 0.05 mg/kg body weight. The announcement follows a detailed and comprehensive review of recent scientific literature and studies on the toxicity of bisphenol A at low doses.


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