On January 16, 2015 the American Chemistry Council (ACC) published a news release to highlight that enough scientific evidence exists to support the safety of bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7). Several recent studies have suggested that BPA might be linked to various health effects including high blood pressure (FPF reported) and polycystic ovary syndrome (FPF reported). Steven Hentges of ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group emphasizes that the U.S. government researchers have conducted a comprehensive set of studies to investigate the potential for BPA to cause health effects. Hentges gives an example of a research study funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and conducted by scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Teeguarden et al., 2011). Teeguarden and colleagues found that in humans BPA is efficiently converted to a biologically inactive metabolite and rapidly excreted in urine. Thus it may be very unlikely that BPA could cause health effects at any realistic exposure level. Hentges further stresses that the available evidence in favor of BPA safety is substantial and that is why government bodies worldwide have clearly stated that BPA is safe for use in food contact materials (FCMs). The U.S. FDA has just recently reaffirmed the safety of BPA in food contact applications (previously reported on by the FPF).
ACC (January 16, 2015). “Comprehensive U.S. government research strongly supports BPA safety.”
Teeguarden, J.G. et al. (2011). “24-hour human urine and serum profiles of bisphenol A during high dietary exposure.” Toxicological Sciences 123, 48-57.