Canada's Announcement Regarding BPA is Contrary to the Weight of Worldwide Scientific Evidence

Oct 13, 2010, 19:18 ET from American Chemistry Council

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the Canadian Minister of the Environment today announcing the decision to list bisphenol A (BPA) as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) made the following comments:

"Just days after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) once again confirmed that BPA is safe for use in food-contact items, Environment Canada's announcement is contrary to the weight of worldwide scientific evidence, unwarranted and will unnecessarily confuse and alarm the public. This puts Environment Canada at odds with the recent conclusions of EFSA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, all of which have concluded that BPA is safe in contact with food.  The decision also appears to contradict the very recent opinion of Health Canada, which stated in August that 'the current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and infants.'" 

About BPA

BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today. Extensive scientific studies have shown that BPA is quickly metabolized, excreted and does not accumulate in the body. 

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.

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