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January 21, 2015Bisphenol A – new EFSA assessment cuts safe exposure level, calls for more research

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have today published the opinion of their CEF scientific panel [1] on the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs. In this opinion they have cut their estimate of the safe exposure level (temporary Tolerable Daily Intake (t-TDI)) to 4 micro g/kg body weight per day, down from the 5 micro g/kg body weight per day that was calculated in the draft opinion at the start of 2014. This is more than 10x lower than the 50 micro g/kg body weight per day TDI established by EFSA in 2006/7, showing how new research on BPA is leading to reductions in the dose thought to be toxic.


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