Is BPA safe?
BPA has been widely studied and used by people around the world for decades. Regulatory agencies worldwide, many with specific responsibility for evaluating the safety of materials used in food contact applications, have determined that BPA is safe as it is currently used in these applications. Click here to hear Steve Hentges, Ph.D., from the American Chemistry Council discuss the safety of BPA.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (March 2013)
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (December 2011)
- European Union (EU) (June 2008)
- Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (February 2009)
- Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (November 2008)
- Danish Environmental Protection Agency (October 2008)
- German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (July 2010)
- Health Canada (September 2012)
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) (March 2009)
- Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NIAIST) (August 2011)
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- Human Safety
- Agencies have found that BPA is safe for use in many applications, including as the key component in polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, both used in food storage containers and cans. Regulatory agencies that have ruled on the safety of BPA include:
- Environmental Safety
- BPA is readily biodegradable – it breaks down rapidly and does not linger in the environment.
- Expert Assessments
- Since BPA is so widely used, it has long been the subject of extensive study and review by experts around the world.