Advocacy Victory:  EU Effectively Bans BPA in Food Contact Materials 

The European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) issued a draft opinion in December that lowers the ‘tolerable daily intake of BPA in food contact materials by six orders of magnitude – effectively a ban on BPA and an advocacy victory for the Endocrine Society. We have called for better regulation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in food contact materials.   

The Endocrine Society will provide supporting comments to EFSA that will highlight recent science that backs this decision, discusses the issue of regrettable substitution, and the importance of not replacing BPA with another harmful chemical.

The Society thanks EFSA for its leadership on this important public health matter. We have worked on this issue for five years and, under the leadership of our European Union EDC Task Force, we shared comments and several scientific references with EFSA. 

This opinion is a significant step in better regulation of EDCs and is a contract to the US Food & Drug Administration’s CLARITY-BPA decision. 

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