AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL REACTS
TO STATEMENT FROM HHS AND FDA ON BISPHENOL A
Study Suggests Bisphenol A Is Linked to Heart Disease; Lacks Sufficient Evidence
January 15, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA (January 15, 2010) —
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement today in
reaction to the Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) announcement on bisphenol A (BPA):
“The HHS statement today confirms that exposure to BPA in food contact
products has not been proven harmful to children or adults. However, the
agency suggests that more research needs to be done and provided guidance on
how parents can choose to limit infant exposures.
“Regulatory agencies around the world, which have recently reviewed the
research, have reached conclusions that support the safety of BPA. Extensive
scientific studies have shown that BPA is quickly metabolized and excreted and
does not accumulate in the body. BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested
chemicals in commerce today.
“ACC and our members are committed to the safety of our products, and we
will continue to support laws and regulations that protect consumer safety.
While ACC recognizes that HHS and FDA are attempting to address public
confusion about BPA, we are disappointed that some of the recommendations are
likely to worry consumers and are not well-founded.
“Plastics made with BPA contribute safety and convenience to our daily
lives because of their durability, clarity and shatter-resistance. Can liners
and food-storage containers made with BPA are essential components to helping
protect the safety of packaged foods and preserving products from spoilage and
contamination. ACC remains committed to consumer safety, and will continue to
review new scientific studies concerning the safety of BPA.”