On December 5, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its safety declaration on bisphenol A (BPA). FDA is of the opinion that BPA is safe at the current levels found in foods. The available information continues to support BPA’s safety for the currently approved uses in food containers and packaging, FDA said. The agency based its conclusions on a four-year review of more than 300 scientific studies. Nevertheless, FDA will continue to study BPA. For example, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) with FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research are carrying out studies to answer key questions and clarify some of the uncertainties surrounding BPA in the CLARITY-BPA program (previously reported on by the FPF). FDA will further continue to consult other expert agencies in the federal government, work with academic researchers evaluating BPA and participate in discussions with international regulatory and public health counterparts. Safety evaluation of new scientific evidence will continue to be done on an ongoing basis and additional action will be taken if warranted, FDA stressed.
U.S. FDA. “Bisphenol A (BPA): Use in food contact application.” (last updated December 5, 2014)
Pat Rizzuto (December 8, 2014). “Bisphenol A is safe for approved uses in food containers, packaging, FDA says.” Bloomberg BNA