EFSA draft opinion on the risks from BPA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2013 launched a two-stage public consultation on its draft opinion on the possible risks to public health from bisphenol A (BPA).

The first stage of the consultation looked at EFSA’s updated and comprehensive assessment of consumer exposure to BPA in Europe. EFSA’s scientific experts provisionally concluded that for all population groups diet is the major source of exposure to BPA and exposure is lower than previously estimated by EFSA.

The second stage of the consultation, which ended on 13 March 2014, looked at its assessment of the potential human health risks of BPA and recommendation that the current tolerable daily intake (TDI) be lowered.

Once EFSA publishes its opinion on BPA – following consideration of comments received from these consultations – the Food Standards Agency will consider, along with the European Commission and EU member states, whether action is necessary to protect consumers.