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FDA BPA assessment says bisphenol-a safe in food-contact products for infants, humans
Bisphenol A Myths

Myth: Government agencies rely on industry-funded studies and ignore other science.

Reality: Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today. BPA has been safely used for decades, and it has been the subject of many scientific studies by researchers around the world. Extensive scientific studies have shown that BPA is quickly metabolized and excreted and does not accumulate in the body.

In August 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft safety assessment of BPA in food-contact products. The scientific review was far more comprehensive than is sometimes reported, and was not based on "only two industry studies."

Government agencies have established procedures regarding how they review scientific studies. Once agencies establish these rules, they apply them objectively and consistently, regardless of what entity provides the funding, what lab conducts the research or which researcher oversees the study.

In its most recent review of BPA (announced in January 2010), The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took into consideration studies of low-dose toxicity cited by the National Toxicology Program and the Science Board Subcommittee, as well as other such studies that had become available, and concluded that BPA "is not proven to harm children or adults..."

Regulatory agencies that have recently reviewed the research on BPA have reached conclusions that support the safety of BPA. For the third time since 2006, and as a result of a comprehensive review of more than 800 recent studies, the European Food Safety Authority has again confirmed that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in products that come in contact with food. After its extensive review, the Authority's panel of expert scientists found no new evidence that would lead it to revise the Tolerable Daily Intake Levels for BPA it set in 2006.

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