Health Canada reaffirms position on safety of BPA through food packaging following results from Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals study; Health Canada's current perspective on BPA is 'very consistent' with the US FDA, says ACC
June 20, 2014
– Canadian Government Agency Reconfirms BPA Safe for Use in Food Packaging Materials, including for Infants and Young Children
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding the study published today by Health Canada, the first results from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) study. The study, titled “Phthalate and bisphenol A exposure among pregnant women in Canada—Results from the MIREC study,” was published in the July issue of the scientific journal Environment International. Quotes from the following may be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
“With important new research results in hand, Health Canada once again reaffirmed its position on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) in its press release today, stating ‘Based on the overall weight of evidence, Health Canada continues to conclude that dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children.’
“The biomonitoring study measured exposure of a large group of pregnant Canadian women to BPA. While acknowledging that exposure to BPA is expected, the Health Canada study found BPA at lower average levels and in a lower percentage of women, compared to the overall Canadian population. These results indicate that typical exposure to BPA for pregnant women is more than a thousand times lower than the safe intake level established by Health Canada.
“The results are consistent with similar studies conducted in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Canada’s current perspective on BPA is very consistent with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Earlier this year, FDA scientists published the results of a large-scale government-funded study demonstrating that low-dose exposure to BPA did not result in the development of adverse health effects. These most recent scientific results provide strong additional support for FDA’s recent response to the question: ‘Is BPA safe?’ FDA answered with one word: ’Yes.’”