“Saying something, is one thing; proving it is another”
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently conducted a review of two studies on BPA, and confirmed that there is no need to change the safety threshold for BPA. The former conclusion remains valid: BPA doesn’t pose any risks for health, at levels we’re incidentally exposed to in our daily lives.
So what’s different this time, and why does it strengthen EFSA’s position?
EFSA issued this additional opinion following a request from the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to review and assess the methodologies and conclusions of two studies that investigated the effect of BPA on the immune system. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) had recommended EFSA re-evaluates current European safety thresholds for BPA on the basis of these two studies.
The verdict is clear: EFSA experts established there were key limitations in the way the two studies were designed and carried out and that they “are too limited to draw any conclusions for human health” based on them.
EFSA also reaffirms in this statement the temporary tolerable daily intake (TDI), it had recommended for BPA in 2015, that is the maximum amount of BPA to which any individual can be safely exposed every day. As a result of evaluating various sources, EFSA concluded that BPA “poses no health risk to consumers” because current levels of exposure are well below that proposed TDI.
Following the recent call from some Members of the European Parliament to ban BPA in food contact materials across Europe, today’s opinion confirms that an in-depth review and assessment of scientific studies constitutes the backbone of chemical substances regulation, as it is the case of the proposed new draft regulation for food contact materials, which is currently being considered by the EU authorities.