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EFSA Updates BPA Assessment; Concludes No Health Concern from Dietary Exposure

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced on March 25, 2015, that it had updated its January 2015 scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) to note that there is no health concern from BPA at the estimated levels of exposure in the diet generally, and there is a low health concern from aggregated exposure. In January, EFSA had announced that exposure to BPA from the diet and other sources was considerably under the safe level, and therefore, was not a public health risk

EFSA's Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel), which conducted the re-evaluation of BPA, estimated BPA exposure in humans by evaluating: external exposure (i.e., drinking water, inhalation, and dermal contacts); internal exposure (absorbed BPA); and aggregated exposure (i.e., dust, diet, cosmetics, and paper). The CEF Panel pointed out that there was some uncertainty in the exposure estimates for non-dietary sources, however, the uncertainty concerning dietary estimates was relatively low. The full report is available on the EFSA website.

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