Bisphenol A (BPA) has been used for more than 40 years to improve the safety and quality of food and beverages by providing protective coatings for cans and in manufacturing hard plastic food and clear plastic beverage containers. Scientists and regulatory agencies that continue to watch the latest science and have reviewed BPA have repeatedly concluded that BPA is safe for use in these products.
GMA relies on the current and recently reaffirmed regulatory determinations by FDA that current low levels of human exposure to BPA from foods are safe. Currently, the FDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct additional research and is expected to complete an updated safety assessment once the studies are completed. In addition, the FDA is continuing to consult with international regulatory and public health counterparts, such as Health Canada, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the European Food Safety Authority which have also been studying the safety of BPA in food.
Our members are committed to consumer safety and take our responsibility to produce safe products very seriously. We welcome FDA, NIH and other scientific reviews of BPA, and GMA members continue to invest in their own research of BPA and possible replacements. These projects will add to the already robust catalogue of scientific evidence on BPA that will allow us to continually assess and evaluate its use. GMA is working cooperatively and responsively with HHS, FDA, NIH, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the world’s food safety agencies and other stakeholders in our continuous efforts to ensure the safety and quality of our products and packaging.
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GMA Contact: Manojit Basu, Ph.D., - Technical Lead, Consumer Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs