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Europe Seeks Drastic Cut to BPA Exposure

Current BPA rules do not protect our health, a new assessment concludes – in sharp contrast with US policies.

April 21, 2023 | Source: Environmental Health News | by Brian Bienkowski

BPA is about to disappear from European burger wrappers, soft drink bottles, canned food liners and all other food packaging.

A proposal being considered by European regulators finds that current BPA exposure limits vastly underestimate the harm the plastic additive causes to human health. The revised rules say the new exposure threshold should be 20,000 times lower than today’s level.

If the recommendations in the new assessment — released today by the European Food Safety Authority, the European equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — are adopted, it would more than likely force bisphenol-A, or BPA, out of products that come into contact with food in Europe.

“This new safe level is so low that it will drive and accelerate changes in the supply chain,” Maricel V. Maffini, an environmental consultant focused on environmental chemical exposures who has worked with the Environmental Defense Fund and others, told Environmental Health News (EHN).