US: Beverage industry backs packaging chemical in face of ban attempt
A US industry body has defended the use of bisphenol A in beverage packaging after efforts by lawmakers to ban the chemical.
The Grocery Manufactures Association (GMA) said food safety watchdogs around the world, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), agree that bisphenol A is safe for use in consumer products. The group said there “is no need for consumers to change their purchasing or consumption patterns”.
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a commonly used additive in food and beverage packaging. It mimics human oestrogen and is thought by some health experts to be harmful to humans.
The GMA's comments follow an attempt last week by three US senators to outlaw bisphenol A and “move to safer alternatives”, according to Bloomberg. The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014 is sponsored by three Democrat lawmakers.
Last year, legislation from Markey succeeded in getting bisphenol-A banned by the FDA for use as a coating in infant formula packaging. However, the agency said the decision was made as the chemical had been abandoned by manufacturers in baby formula packaging and not safety of the resin.
According to the GMA, regulatory agencies including the European Food Safety Authority, the World Health Organization, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Health Canada have ruled that BPA is safe for use in consumer products.
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