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Plastics Industry Reassures on the Safety of Bisphenol-A (BPA)

On 1st December the British Plastics Federation (BPF) reassured members of the public on the safety of Bisphenol-A (BPA) following the launch of a campaign by Breast Cancer UK to ban the use of BPA in baby bottles.

Philip Law, BPF Public and Industrial Affairs Director says:

“The campaign by Breast Cancer UK is misleading and based upon a selective use of evidence. For over 50 years, consumer products produced using Bisphenol-A  have been safely used and make a significant contribution to everyday life.

BPA is one of the most widely studied compounds in the world. Consumer products made with BPA are safe for their intended uses and pose no known risks to human health. This is confirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other regulatory bodies such as the US Food and Drink Administration and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare”.

Underpinning the campaign led by Breast Cancer UK is a survey of 2,101 adults which revealed that 61% of people believe that the Government should act to end the use of BPA in baby bottles. The survey is not a good basis for assessing public feeling on BPA as it features leading questions and a preamble that presupposes risks associated with BPA.

In response to the campaign the UK Food Standards Agency has reasserted its position on the safety of BPA:

"The Food Standards Agency, working closely with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the European Commission have looked into the potential risks from BPA and found that exposure of UK consumers to bisphenol-A (BPA) from all sources, including food contact materials, was well below levels considered harmful.

The EFSA assessed the health impact of BPA in 2006 and established a tolerable daily intake (TDI), which is the amount that can be eaten every day, over a whole lifetime, without causing appreciable harm. In July and October 2008 EFSA confirmed that this TDI would also apply to infants and pregnant women. The FSA has estimated that a 3-month-old bottle-fed baby that weighs around 6 kg would need to consume more than 4 times the usual number of bottles of baby formula a day before it would reach the TDI."

Contrary to many of the press reports the use of BPA in baby bottles has not been banned or restricted by the Canadian government and recent studies into bottled water, baby food and infant formula by Canada Health supported the existing 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.

The UK Plastics Industry considers issues of chemical safety to be of paramount importance. BPA has been extensively studied and the British Plastics Federation supports the UK Food Standard Agency view that BPA poses no risk to human health and no further precautions are required for BPA-based food contact materials.


To read the BPF Position Statement on BPA please visit

For further information on this press release, please contact Anthony Roberts, British Plastics Federation, 6 Bath Place, Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JE, tel 020 7457 5043, fax 020 7457 5045, email:

Notes for editors:

1)  British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry – representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors and recyclers.

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