On April 10, 2014 the charitable trust Sense about Science held a Twitter question and answer session on bisphenol A (BPA), polyvinyl chloride and phthalates with Alan Boobis, Professor at Imperial College London, and Katherine Fleet, who represented the British Plastic Federation’s Packaging Group. Boobis and Fleet answered questions posted in advance or life during 1 hour starting at 12 o’clock Greenwich Mean Time +1. The questions and answers given by Boobis and Fleet are available from the Sense about Science webpage and address the recent ban of BPA from food containers in France, the use of expanded polystyrene in food contact materials and alternatives to phthalates and BPA among other topics. Fleet pointed to some of the ways the plastic industry has become active to reduce plastic energy consumption and waste. Boobis generally considered the use of BPA, phthalates and styrene in food contact materials as safe and pointed out that a better communication considering the chemical risk assessment of packaging would be helpful.
Sense about Science (April 10, 2014). “Live plastic packaging Q&A.”