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

Myth: Government regulators are heavily influenced by industry lobbyists.

Reality: Government regulators have legal and policy requirements that govern how they regulate on matters of public health and the safety of consumer products. Government regulators are obligated to follow the science in determining whether a substance is safe for human consumption, including decisions on bisphenol A.

Any person or stakeholder group that wants to commission or submit high-quality scientific studies, or wants to engage in discussion about the data submitted, can do so.

Industry periodically meets with government regulators to openly discuss the science on BPA, as do others, such as non-governmental organizations. Government regulators gather input from a wide range of stakeholders through written comments, public meetings and individual stakeholder submissions. The entire process is transparent.

Furthermore, government regulators take into account a wide range of scientific studies in rendering their decisions. For example, when the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently confirmed, for the third time since 2006, that bisphenol A was safe for use in products that come in contact with food, its panel of expert scientists based their recommendation on a thorough review of more than 800 scientific studies. The EFSA also concluded in its 2010 statement that established safe intake levels for BPA provide a sufficient margin of safety for protection of consumers, including for infants and young children. Recent studies have shown that typical human exposure to BPA, from all sources, is more than 1,000 times lower than this safe intake level.

This European review is consistent with many other regulatory agencies from around the world that have also reviewed the science of BPA, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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