KINGSTON, Australia—Scientists and health advocates worldwide have debated the health risks associated with Bisphenol A (BPA); however, new research on BPA levels in foods and baby products by consumer group Choice maintain that levels of exposure to BPA are safe and don’t pose a significant health risk, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).
AFGC added that many leading food authorities, including Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), agree that BPA in food packaging poses no health risks. In fact, the latest findings revealed that none of the 38 canned foods tested contained BPA levels above the European Union’s limit of 660 parts per billions (ppb).
“There’s no scientific evidence internationally that has shown any dangers to humans from BPA in canned products or bottles," AFGC Deputy Chief Executive Dr. Geoffrey 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, United Kingdom and the European Union have examined the latest findings and have determined that the use of BPA continues to be safe."
Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mark Butler also announced a voluntary phase out by major retailers and manufacturers of baby bottles containing BPA which began July 1, 2010, following some level of public concern relating to BPA. The industry understands BPA-free products, including baby food cans will be available within 12 months, with metal closures on glass jars and bottles to follow.