On April 9, 2018, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published a new report on “Dietary sources of exposure to bisphenol A in the Netherlands.” RIVM conducted a study focusing on food sources of bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) “because food is the main source of exposure to BPA for the average consumer.” BPA is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resin can coatings.

According to RIVM’s calculations, “the total intake of BPA via food in the Netherlands is very limited.” A temporary tolerable daily intake (t-TDI) of 4 μg/kg body weight was used to assess if estimated exposures to BPA from dietary sources pose a possible health risk. Even in the worst-case scenario, “the exposure would still be a factor of 30 times less than the TDI,” the report states. Further, RIVM determined “that no single food source contributes largely to the exposure, but that all food sources each make their own ‘small’ contribution.”

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RIVM (April 9, 2018). “Exposure to bisphenol A via food is very limited.

Chemical Watch (April 12, 2018). “Total BPA intake via food ‘very limited’, Netherlands finds.


Boon, P.E., et al. (April 9, 2018). “Dietary sources of exposure to bisphenol A in the Netherlands.RIVM Report 2017-0187.