News Bite: FDA Reaffirms Safety of Bisphenol-A

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a newly updated statement about the safety of Bisphenol-A (BPA). According to the statement, “BPA is safe at current levels occurring in foods” . . . “the available information continues to support the safety of BPA for the currently approved uses in food containers and packaging.”

By reaffirming the safety of BPA as a food contact material, FDA joins the ranks of leading global food safety and regulatory bodies who continue to assess BPA safety and risks.  FDA scientists reviewed years of data and scientific evaluation to determine that current uses of BPA in food packaging are safe, thus providing consistency in research on a global scale. 

BPA has been used in food and beverage production for more than 50 years and continues to be used safely in foods and beverages, including carbonated beverage cans, providing a protective barrier between the food or beverage and the metal of the can. BPA also helps foods stay fresher longer and reduces the risk of contamination by foodborne bacteria. 

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