BPA in food packaging is safe says Food and Grocery Council

Food regulators around the world have found no major health risks associated with the use of BPA in food packaging and closures, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).

In a recent study, the consumer group Choice found baby foods to contain “potentially harmful levels” of BPA, a common chemical used in polycarbonate plastic bottles and in the lining of food cans to prevent corrosion.

However, AFGC Deputy Chief Executive Dr Geoffrey Annison said that none of the 38 canned foods tested by Choice contained BPA levels above the European Union’s limit of 660 ppb.

“There’s no scientific evidence internationally that has shown any dangers to humans from BPA in canned products or bottles,” Dr Annison said.

“Products containing BPA have been subject to significant and rigorous investigations by leading world authorities and, in recent years, food regulators in the United States, UK and the EU have examined the latest findings and have determined that the use of BPA continues to be safe.”

A voluntary phase out by major retailers and manufacturers of baby bottles containing BPA began on July 1, following public concern about the use of BPA in products.

“Australian manufacturers have acknowledged this level of consumer concern and proactively undertaken to phase out baby bottles containing BPA,” said Dr Annison.

BPA-free products, including baby food cans are expected to be available within 12 months, with metal closures on glass jars and bottles to follow soon afterwards.

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