On April 15, 2015 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its annual report for 2014. ESFA highlights that more than 500 scientific outputs contributed to evidence-based decisions and improved consumer protection throughout 2014. A total of 35 scientific opinions were published on food contact materials (FCMs). The report further points out that in 2014 EFSA completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) safety. It also highlights that the scientific opinion on BPA, which was published in early 2015 after public consultation, concluded that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels.
Thus, the annual report does not acknowledge low health concern associated with aggregate exposure to BPA mentioned in the body of the opinion. The EFSA press release, the abstract of the scientific opinion and other communication materials originally all stated that there was “no health risk”. However, the abstract has been recently changed to align the wording with that of the summary and body of the opinion, most likely as a result of the letter sent to EFSA by the advocacy group for chemical safety CHEM Trust (FPF reported).
EFSA (April 15, 2015). “EFSA in 2014: protecting consumers, looking ahead.”
EFSA (April 15, 2015). “Annual Report 2014.”