Bisphenol A

EFSA will set up a working group in 2018 and start collecting papers and data. Picture: iStock/ziquiu

News in Brief

EFSA prepares for BPA toxicity assessment

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has finalised the strategy for its next re-evaluation of the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA).

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Experts dismiss new study showing dangers of BPA

By Louis Gore-Langton

New research shows exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in pregnant mice can disrupt the immune system and lead to multiple sclerosis in infancy, but experts say the chemical poses no risk to humans.

BPA safety has been the subject of debate for many years

EFSA begins new BPA review process

By Joseph James Whitworth

Work on another evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has started with a final scientific opinion scheduled for 2018.

RIVM recommends more stringent BPA standards

RIVM: BPA exposure should be reduced

By Joseph James Whitworth

European standards for Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure should be revisited, according to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

BPA has been declared safe by the FDA and EFSA

UPDATED: ConAgra, Nestlé and GMA respond

BPA substitutes in canned food ‘not clear’ - EWG

By Joseph James Whitworth

Many companies that have stopped using bisphenol A (BPA) in canned food did not reveal what they are using instead, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Low dose BPA theory considered and rejected - NAMPA

NAMPA slams BPA low dose findings

By Joseph James Whitworth

The North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) has hit back at a paper on low dose effects of bisphenol A (BPA) which claimed current guidelines do not protect human health.

ECHA consultation on possible BPA reclassification

France pushes for bisphenol A reclassification

By Joseph James Whitworth

France has called for revised harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of bisphenol A (BPA) based on reproductive toxicity, prompting the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to launch a public consultation.

BPA under the microscope in Europe

BPA report conclusions “concerning”, says PlasticsEurope

By Joseph James Whitworth

The French Health Authority’s report that Bisphenol A (BPA) poses health risks for pregnant women and unborn children is “in contrast with the most recent global scientific consensus”, according to an industry group.

ACC lawsuit after OEHHA BPA plan

ACC files lawsuit to block BPA listing

By Joe Whitworth

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has filed a lawsuit to stop California listing bisphenol A (BPA) on its Proposition 65 of reproductive toxicants.

Campbell Soup company is phasing out BPA

BPA 2012: In depth

BPA: An in-depth look at the key rulings in 2012

By Joe Whitworth

This year has been action-packed when it comes to rules, regulations and opinions on bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in food packaging applications such as epoxy linings in food and beverage cans.

American Chemistry Council disputes BPA link to obesity

Chemists dispute BPA link to obesity

By Rod Addy

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has disputed the findings of a study linking Bisphenol A (BPA), a substance used in a range of food packaging materials and coatings, with childhood obesity.

EFSA to consider non-dietary exposure in bisphenol A data call

EFSA to consider non-dietary exposure in bisphenol A data call

By Rory Harrington

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is inviting a host of stakeholders – including packaging companies and food businesses - to submit data on migration of Bisphenol A (BPA) from packaging and levels of the chemicals in food and beverages.

France unmoved by EFSA safety stance over bisphenol A

France unmoved by EFSA safety stance over bisphenol A

By Rory Harrington

French concerns over bisphenol A (BPA) have not been dispelled in the wake of the opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that the chemical poses no health risk through dietary exposure, said France’s food safety agency.

Hempel on right track with BPA-free coating

Hempel on right track with BPA-free coating

By Mark Astley

A newly, developed bisphenol A-free surface lining for rail transportation cars will put the food sector “one step ahead of regulations,” says the coating’s developer.

ACC savages BPA study linking chemical to poor child behaviour

ACC savages BPA study linking chemical to poor child behaviour

By Ben Bouckley

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched a withering attack on the design of a new study suggesting that gestational exposure to food packaging compound bisphenol-A (BPA) before birth could lead to emotional difficulties in children.