October 1, 2010

BPA Bottles Deemed Safe: EU

An organic chemical compound used in baby bottles which is banned in Australia, Denmark, Canada and France, has been found to pose no health risks, the European Food Safety Authority said in a statement on Thursday.

The agency has already given positive opinions on the chemical -- Bisphenol-A (BPA) -- twice before, but the European Commission requested a new analysis after some 800 new studies showed some contradictory results.

A panel of scientists from the EFSA concluded that they could not find any new evidence which would make them revise the tolerable daily intake of BPA that the agency has set, 0.05 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

In the statement, the agency said "should any new relevant data become available in the future," the panel would reconsider its opinions.

One panel member expressed a minority opinion saying some studies pointed to uncertainties regarding adverse health effects below the tolerable intake levels. The expert recommended that the current daily intake recommendation should be temporary.

BPA is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins found in baby bottles, containers, lining in food and beverage cans, and in dental sealants.

France has banned baby bottles containing the chemical under the belief that it harms human development. Denmark has banned all food products containing BPA for children up to three years of age. A few US states also have bans in place for products containing BPA.


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