American Chemistry Council Reacts to Statement from HHS and FDA on Bisphenol A

Jan 15, 2010, 14:47 ET from American Chemistry Council

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement today in reaction to the Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement on bisphenol A (BPA):

"The HHS statement today confirms that exposure to BPA in food contact products has not been proven harmful to children or adults.  However, the agency suggests that more research needs to be done and provided guidance on how parents can choose to limit infant exposures.

"Regulatory agencies around the world, which have recently reviewed the research, have reached conclusions that support the safety of BPA. Extensive scientific studies have shown that BPA is quickly metabolized and excreted and does not accumulate in the body.  BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today.  

"ACC and our members are committed to the safety of our products, and we will continue to support laws and regulations that protect consumer safety. While ACC recognizes that HHS and FDA are attempting to address public confusion about BPA, we are disappointed that some of the recommendations are likely to worry consumers and are not well-founded.

"Plastics made with BPA contribute safety and convenience to our daily lives because of their durability, clarity and shatter-resistance.  Can liners and food-storage containers made with BPA are essential components to helping protect the safety of packaged foods and preserving products from spoilage and contamination.  ACC remains committed to consumer safety, and will continue to review new scientific studies concerning the safety of BPA."

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 $689 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