On March 2, 2015 the advocacy group for chemical safety CHEM Trust announced it had sent a letter to Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, to express their concerns about the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conclusions on bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7). The letter further inquiries about what progress has been made in addressing the regulatory gaps in consumer protection from chemicals in food contact materials (FCMs). Regarding BPA, the letter points to an inconsistency between EFSA’s summary report on BPA and its press release on the same topic. Whereas in the report EFSA concludes that there is “low health concern” associated with BPA aggregate exposure, the press release says that there is “no health concern”. CHEM Trust is concerned that the “low concern“ conclusion has been ignored in the press and communications work around the report. Regarding the chemicals in FCMs, CHEM Trust follows up on their letter to the preceding Health Commissioner Tonio Borg (FPF reported). The letter called for better regulation of FCMs. CHEM Trust emphasizes that this issue has still not been properly addressed by the Directorate General (DG) for Health and Food Safety. CHEM Trust will update its blog post once they receive a reply from Vytenis Andriukaitis.
CHEM Trust (February 25, 2015). “Letter to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.” (pdf)