Food contact materials are an underestimated source of chemical contaminants and a “potentially relevant route of human exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC)” such as bisphenol A (BPA), according to new research.
Food is the major source of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) but that levels of the chemical in the human body are very low and quickly eliminated said an international panel of experts from the United Nations and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
A major plastics trade body, a leading scientist, and the UK food safety watchdog have all backed the European Food Safety Authority’s bisphenol A (BPA) opinion that the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for the chemical does not need be altered.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said there is no new evidence to suggest the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for bisphenol A (BPA) needs to be changed as it reconfirmed that current levels of exposure pose no threat to human health.
The controversy over the bisphenol A (BPA) could be solved if those on differing sides of the scientific divide would agree harmonised test programmes that could be validated by independent experts, European Commission scientists have said.
Hundreds of studies providing “overwhelming scientific evidence” of the harm caused by bisphenol A (BPA) are being dismissed by regulatory agencies because they don’t conform with the outdated safety test guideline authorities insist on using.