No change to BPA opinion required, says EFSA

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said it will not be revising its position on bisphenol A (BPA), following on from the criticism of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft assessment of the chemical, which is used in certain food packaging.

An advisory board to the FDA said that the agency ignored evidence that suggested BPA in baby bottles and formula cans could be damaging to children.

“EFSA is obviously aware of the developments in the US and is following the situation closely. However, no revision of the existing EFSA opinions on BPA is envisaged at the moment,”​ a spokesperson for the regulator told

The Science Board, which is made up of independent experts and advises the FDA commissioner on scientific and technical matters, voted unanimously last week to approve the recommendations made by its subcommittee on BPA.

The subcommittee's review concluded that the margins of safety in the FDA draft assessment on BPA in regard to the risks of infant exposure to the chemical were “inadequate​.”

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