On February 23, 2015 the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food) announced it would keep its latest risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7). In January 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) lowered the estimated safe level for BPA, known as the tolerable daily intake (TDI), from 50 to 4 µg/kg body weight (bw)/day (FPF reported). DTU Food scientists evaluated EFSA’s new TDI and concluded that it does not adequately protect against endocrine disrupting effects of the substance. DTU argues that EFSA does not apply an appropriate uncertainty factor and it has not sufficiently taken into account data from animal studies showing various adverse health effects of BPA. According to DTU Food, the new TDI should be 0.7 µg/kg bw/day or lower to be sufficiently protective of consumer health. DTU Food based its risk assessment on the same studies EFSA used. The health risks associated with BPA exposure are of particular concern for highly exposed individuals. Above all, the concern applies to consumer groups most susceptible to endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as pregnant or breastfeeding women and children, says Professor Ulla Hass from DTU Food.

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DTU Food (February 23, 2015). “National Food Institute maintains its assessment of bisphenol A.