Regulatory support for the risk assessment and re-evaluation of bisphenol A as used in food packaging

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Bisphenol A (often referred to as BPA) is mainly used in the production of polycarbonate (PC) plastics including materials that come into contact with food such as refillable drinks bottles and food storage containers. The resins that are used to coat the insides of some metal food containers may also contain BPA. This coating allows canned food to be heated to kill off bacteria without the metal in the can contaminating the food contents. Although approved for use in the EC, there is growing evidence that BPA may be an endocrine disrupter and so have the potential to affect the human hormone system. Past research has indicated that BPA is metabolised and removed from the body as waste ultimately reaching waste water treatment centres, however research is on going. There is also new evidence that some wildlife species have been affected by coming into contact with endocrine disrupters and BPA may be having this type of effect. Although there are still gaps in knowledge the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are undertaking a new comprehensive risk assessment and complete re-evaluation of BPA. This particular study will undertake a critique of collated relevant data as precursor work for the reassessment process. This work will be conducted as part of Framework Contract GP/EFSA/FIP/2018/02 # Lot 3.
Short titleBisohenol A
Effective start/end date20/06/1931/10/19


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