The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has evaluated that the safety levels recommended by the European Food Safety Authority do not protect consumers against the side effects caused by Bisphenol A.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical predominantly used in plastic packaging and paper. A number of studies have been published implicating its role in adverse health effects due to its ability to interrupt the hormone endocrine system. The EFSA has recommended safety levels related to tolerable daily intake at less than 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight.
The National Food Institute has examined EFSA’s BPA toxological evaluations and found that the EFSA’s safety levels for BPA are set too high. The Institute critisized EFSA’s new TDI as not adequately protecting against endocrine disrupting effects and that not enough sufficient scientific data was taken into account showing effects on female mammary gland, the male reproductive system, and brain development.
The Institute recommends that the new TDI should be 0.7 micrograms per kilogram body weight per day or lower to be sufficiently protective against endocrine disrupting effects. The institute’s assessment is based on the same studies as those in the EFSA report.
“We maintain the National Food Institute’s previous risk assessment of bisphenol A. We evaluate that a tolerable intake of bisphenol A should be lower than one fifth of the EFSA recommended limit,” said Professor Ulla Hass from the National Food Institute.
“The health risks of bisphenol A are of concern particularly for highly exposed persons. The concern applies particularly to pregnant or breastfeeding women as well as children as they will be sensitive to potential effects that occur even at low doses of the compound,” Ulla Hass said.