California’s Proposition 65 warning requirements mean that products containing BPA are unsafe.

Reality

A listing under Proposition 65, is not a safety assessment of BPA or polycarbonate plastic and does not indicate that products containing BPA are unsafe. Based on evaluation of extensive scientific information, including studies considered in the Proposition 65 listing process, government bodies worldwide have concluded that BPA is safe for use. For example, based on a comprehensive and well documented scientific review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) answers the question “Is BPA Safe?” with one word, “Yes.”
 
In addition, there is not a consensus among government bodies that BPA meets the requirements to be listed under Prop 65. Notably, the FDA’s Acting Chief Scientist submitted a letter to OEHHA in early 2015 stating that the results of FDA’s own comprehensive research “do not support BPA as a reproductive toxicant.”
 
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BPA has historically not been regulated, but the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been updated to fix that.

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BPA is one of the most well-studied chemicals in use today. Because people are primarily exposed to BPA through the diet, BPA has always been and continues to be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Based on extensive government research, along with results from other studies, FDA has long answered the question "Is BPA Safe?" with a clear answer - "Yes."

In June 2016, Congress passed comprehensive reform legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, which regulates chemicals broadly. The updated TSCA will subject all new and existing chemicals to an Environmental Protection Agency safety review. But when it comes to BPA, safety has already been established by FDA’s research and analysis.  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups due to safety concerns.

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It is a common misconception that the FDA banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups. Despite the fact that BPA has been proven safe for use in food containers, consumer demand led manufacturers to remove BPA from baby products, including baby bottles and sippy cups. To reflect the state of the consumer marketplace and to eliminate confusion for parents, ACC requested that the FDA amend its regulation to no longer provide for the use of BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula packaging, and the FDA agreed. FDA’s decision was not based on any determination that BPA is unsafe.

Government and scientific bodies around the globe have extensively evaluated the weight of scientific evidence on BPA and have declared that BPA is safe as used, including in materials that come into contact with food, such as reusable food-storage containers and linings in metal cans.

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BPA-Free products are safer than products with BPA.

Reality

There is no scientific basis to say that BPA-Free products are safer than products with BPA. ”Free-of” claims are used to indicate that a product does not contain a certain material, such as BPA, but they can sometimes be misleading. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has specifically cautioned that “free-of claims may deceive consumers by falsely suggesting that … the marketer has ‘improved’ the product by removing the substance.”
 
The FDA confirms that “the use of BPA in food packaging and containers is safe” and that “BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods.”  
 
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The government looks at only a select number of studies and ignores other science when making safety determinations about BPA.

Reality

BPA has been safely used for decades, and it has been the subject of many scientific studies. When government scientists review studies to make a safety recommendation, they have the responsibility of reviewing all studies and considering issues like study design and quality and whether the result of any particular study was repeated in other studies. Some are conducted according to internationally recognized standards that ensure methodological and statistical reliability, and others are not.

Government agencies have established procedures regarding how they review scientific studies. Once agencies establish these rules, they apply them objectively and consistently, regardless of what entity provides the funding, what lab conducts the research or which researcher oversees the study.

In the United States, the agency charged with this review for food contact applications is FDA. As of February 2018, FDA reaffirmed that “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods.” And based on FDA’s ongoing safety review of scientific evidence, the available information continues to “support the safety of BPA for the currently approved uses in food containers and packaging.” 

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