American Chemistry Council Comments on Consumer Reports Study

Nov 03, 2009, 12:25 ET from American Chemistry Council

The following statement can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council (ACC)

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The American Chemistry Council (ACC) members develop, test and obtain regulatory approval for a variety of food contact products designed to keep food safe and fresh. Epoxy resins made from BPA are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to line food and beverage cans in order to help prevent corrosion, contamination and food spoilage, and to provide a shelf life of two years or more.

"The recommendations from Consumer Reports' unnamed experts are inconsistent with the conclusions of expert regulatory bodies worldwide, all of which have confirmed that BPA exposure levels are low and well within safety standards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, typical human exposure to BPA, including through canned products, is approximately 1,000 times below government safety limits.

"Eleven global regulatory bodies -- including the European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada -- have recently completed scientific evaluations and found BPA safe in food-contact products, including canned foods and beverages. A recent study funded by EPA, published just last week in Toxicological Sciences, found that exposure to BPA -- including very low doses -- had no effects on a range of reproductive and behavioral activities measured.

"ACC believes that the Food and Drug Administration's current assessment of the science, including all relevant data and scientific studies, is in the public's best interest, and we support the current review under way at FDA. ACC's member companies that produce BPA remain committed to openly and transparently sharing with the government and the public relevant environmental, health and safety data needed to complete a thorough review of BPA. We look forward to the completion of FDA's review and their science-based guidance."

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R), common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $664 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

SOURCE American Chemistry Council