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BfR Agrees with EFSA; BPA is not a Public Health Risk

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, or Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR), announced its endorsement of the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) January 2015 scientific opinion that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) is not a public health risk. In BfR communication No. 005/2015, published February 19, 2015, the German agency also endorsed the new temporary Tolerable Daily Intake (t-TDI) of 4 µg/kg bw per day that EFSA calculated based on new data and more sophisticated methods than were used to calculate the previous t-TDI of 50 µg/kg bw per day.

In an FAQs document on BPA in consumer products, also updated Feb. 19, 2015, BfR stated: "So far, no unequivocal evidence for the detrimental effects to human health of bisphenol A has been presented. In the human body, the substance is quickly converted into a metabolite which in itself no longer has any typical oestrogen-like effect and which is excreted via the kidneys."

For more information on EFSA's most recent scientific opinion on BPA, see the article, BPA not a Public Health Risk, Says EFSA.