Extensive Safety Assessments of BPA by FDA and Other Scientific Bodies Around the World Make Markey Legislation Unnecessary and Unwarranted
Contact: Kathryn St. John (202) 249-6513
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014) – The following statement can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council, in response to Senator Markey’s press announcement that he is re-introducing legislation to restrict market applications for bisphenol A (BPA) in food-contact materials.
“Senator Markey has unfortunately chosen to reintroduce unnecessary legislation that ignores the expert analysis of government scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which strongly supports the continued use of BPA in food-contact materials. In its most recent statement FDA answered the question, ‘Is BPA safe?’ with one word: ‘Yes.’
“FDA’s findings from its recent scientific review are consistent with the consensus of major government agencies around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. All conclude that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials.”