Minimal risk of BPA leaching into canned food confirms Singapore Consumers Association

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While it’s true that Singaporeans overuse the verb “confirm” as part of their everyday slang, this time it’s used in its correct form. On 22 August, the Singapore Consumers Association confirmed that common food products in supermarkets have no detectable amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA).

To come to its conclusion, the Association tested 30 different canned food products (“common canned food products with liquid content”) sold in supermarkets across Singapore.

The test results showed that BPA’s migration levels for all tested products were within the safety limits set by the Singaporean Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) – based on the European Union’s standards. Notably, the majority of products tested had no detectable amount of BPA at all.

This is the reason why: during the manufacturing of the material used to line cans, epoxy resins, the tiny amounts of BPA used for the development of the resin’s larger molecule are “broken down”. Such process ensures there is indeed “minimal risk” of ingesting BPA that could have migrated from the inside lining of the can to the can’s content.

The Association’s findings underpin the fact that we should first focus on understanding risk and hazard. Being a priori afraid of chemical substances is not productive. While many chemicals could be bad for human health at huge doses, in our everyday lives we are either not exposed to them or exposed at doses that are so tiny that there is no risk for our health. Not to mention that in the majority of cases, BPA being a great example, regulatory authorities from all over the world test chemicals to identify the risk on human health and the environment; for BPA, the conclusion is clear: it is safe as currently used! Cheers to that!

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