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FAQs on bisphenol A in consumer products

Updated BfR FAQ, 19 February 2015

The substance bisphenol A is contained in polycarbonate products such as food and drink containers and bottles. Bisphenol A is also used in the production of internal coatings of beverage and food cans. A further source of bisphenol A is thermal paper used for printing, for example till receipts, public transport and parking tickets.

The risk assessment of this industrial chemical has been controversially debated all over the world for years. In January 2015, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) published a new opinion on the assessment of the health risks associated with the use of bisphenol A in food contact materials (such as containers made of polycarbonate and cans with interior coatings made of synthetic resins). In its opinion, the EFSA draws the conclusion, based on the available data, that BPA does not pose a risk to human health, since the bisphenol A quantities absorbed by consumers are significantly below what would constitute a health risk.

Below, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) answers FAQs on bisphenol A.



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