Limit value for bisphenol A drastically reduced

Bisphenol A has been under scrutiny by the authorities for several years. Most recently, EFSA set a 20,000-fold lower daily intake limit.

Since the latest assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) in 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reviewed a vast number of scientific articles and over 800 new studies of the substance. Of particular concern is the impact of BPA on the immune system as it may influence autoimmune disorders such as sclerosis, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

New limit value
The new limit value is 0.2 nanograms TDI (tolerable daily intake) per kg body weight, compared to the previous limit of 4 micrograms (4,000 nanograms).

BPA is used for example in food packaging, cans, water containers and plastic drinking bottles.

See the full report Re-evaluation of the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs

It is now up to the European Commission and Member States representatives to set limits on the amount of BPA that may migrate from food packaging into food and beverages.

For more information on BPA and other bisphenol substances in food packaging, please contact:

Helle Buchardt Boyd  
Tel +45 4516 9097 

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