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EFSA Opinion on bisphenol A submitted for consultation: ANSES will publish its comments by March 13

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News of 17/01/2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced today that it has submitted for consultation its draft project on the assessment of the risks to humans of bisphenol A exposure. The opinion, which emphasises the highly uncertain scientific context, proposes lowering the Acceptable Daily Intake, established on a temporary basis, in order to prevent risks that EFSA considers low with regard to consumer exposure. In addition to the public consultation, EFSA has asked the national agencies having worked specifically on bisphenol A to provide scientific comments. ANSES has therefore begun analysis work in order to respond to EFSA's request by March 13, basing its review on the work that it has conducted over the last three years.

For EFSA’s latest assessment of the risks associated with exposure to BPA, the European authority examined over 450 studies of the potential health risks of BPA and incorporated into its analysis the recent work conducted by the national agencies, including ANSES, on this issue.

Today it is publishing its draft opinion and proposals for changes. Due to the scientific complexity of the subject, EFSA has submitted its draft opinion for consultation with the interested stakeholders up through 13 March, and hopes more specifically to receive detailed comments by the national agencies having worked on the risks of bisphenol A exposure.

In its opinion, the European authority identifies two probable negative effects of exposure to BPA and also points out that uncertainties remain regarding a certain number of other risks to health, which are however considered less probable. While EFSA considers that exposure to BPA poses a low risk to consumer health, it nonetheless recommends that the Acceptable Daily Intake be lowered in order to account for the many scientific uncertainties that remain on this topic.

ANSES acknowledges the extensive amount of scientific work done and will provide EFSA with a detailed opinion by 13 March based on the work conducted over the last three years in France.