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EFSA Schedules Bisphenol A Re-evaluation for May 2013

26 April 2012

 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recently begun a new risk assessment on bisphenol A (BPA) used in food contact materials, focusing in particular on exposure of vulnerable groups and possible low dose effects. EFSA is also convening a Colloquium of international experts to debate the most recent scientific evidence of low dose effects in toxicology and the challenges this poses for risk assessment. The colloquium is scheduled on 14-15 June 2012.

 

The new opinion formed in this re-evaluation will complement earlier scientific advice provided at the request of the European Commission. EFSA will review all the available data and scientific studies on dietary exposure published since its 2006 opinion on BPA and also take into consideration the contribution of non-dietary sources to overall exposure to BPA.

 

EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) proposed in earlier February a coordinated work plan for the full re-evaluation of human risks associated with exposure to BPA through the diet by May 2013. Experts of CEF Panel are going to focus on two research disciplines: the hazard characterisation of BPA (concerning its toxicological effects) and exposure to BPA (how and how much BPA is absorbed by the human body).

 

EFSA completed its full risk assessment of BPA in 2006 and set a Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of 0.05 mg/kg body weight/day for this substance. EFSA has updated its scientific advice on BPA several times since 2006, reconfirming the TDI in 2008, 2010 and 2011. The TDI is an estimate of the amount of a substance, expressed on a body weight basis, which can be ingested daily over a lifetime without appreciable risk. EFSA also evaluated intakes of BPA through food and drink, for adults, infants and children and found that they were all well below the TDI.

 

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This news item was sourced based on EFSA’s press release.

 

 

 

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