The following statement can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of
the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
Dr. Hentges' comments are in regard to the recently released reports from
Health Canada on its survey of bisphenol A (BPA) in bottled water, baby
food, and infant formula products.ARLINGTON, VA, July 10 /CNW/ - "Reports released today by Health Canada
on research conducted by its scientists confirm that the levels of bisphenol A
(BPA) in bottled water, baby food and infant formula are extremely low. These
new government data confirm Health Canada's previous conclusion that exposure
to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to
the general population, including newborns and young children.
"As noted by Health Canada, an adult would have to drink approximately
1,000 liters (or 264 gallons) of water from polycarbonate water cooler bottles
every day to approach the science-based safe intake limit for BPA recently
established in Canada.
"No BPA was detected in any of the canned powdered infant formula samples
tested. The level of BPA found in baby food packaged in jars clearly indicates
that exposure to BPA through consumption of these products is extremely low.
Health Canada noted that the nutritional benefits of baby food products far
outweigh any possible risk.
"Health Canada's new data provides further support for recent assessments
from eleven regulatory bodies around the world that determined BPA is safe for
use in food contact products. These regulatory bodies include: the European
Food Safety Authority, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Danish
Environmental Protection Agency, French Food Safety Authority, Swiss Office
for Public Health, and Food Standards Australia-New Zealand.
"Polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, both made from BPA, are widely
used in food packaging to protect the safety and integrity of foods and
beverages. Clear, shatter-resistant polycarbonate water cooler bottles are
also lightweight and reusable over many cycles. Epoxy resin coatings prevent
corrosion of metal cans and lids and contamination of foods and beverages.
"ACC and its member companies have long-supported research to advance
scientific understanding about chemicals, and we are committed to providing
the compounds and plastics integral to products that help protect public
health and safety."
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies
engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of
chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives
better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental,
health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R), common sense
advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and
environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a
$689 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one
of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every
dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in
research and development. Safety and security have always been primary
concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working
closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any
threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
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