March 5: Findings that have led to a call for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to ban the use of bisphenol A in can coatings have been called an “absurdity” by the canmaking industry’s leading group.

BUND, the German arm of the Friends of the Earth, called for the ban after it commissioned research that revealed tiny amounts of the chemical in a range of canned soft drinks and beer.

Coca-Cola said the levels of the chemical found in its Sprite drink were so low an average person would have to drink 30,000 cans a day to reach even the limits set in Europe.

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