BPA: Industry Statements

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Below is a statement on behalf of the FDA:

"The FDA has performed extensive research and has reviewed hundreds of studies about the possible health risks associated with BPA and at this time does not believe the scientific evidence suggests that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe. While the agency continues to address questions and potential concerns raised by certain studies, the FDA believes that the weight of the current research and evidence support the safety of BPA for use in food containers or packaging. Additional research is underway, including in-depth studies designed to answer key safety questions and to clarify any uncertainties. The FDA will take these studies into account as it continues to study the safety of BPA."

For more information, visit fda.gov.

Below is a statement from Dr. John M. Rost, Chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc. (NAMPA):

"In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed, again, that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in food contact applications, a finding consistent with similar scientific reviews of BPA by the World Health Organization, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada, and regulatory agencies in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.


Including more than 1,500 different food items, today’s food and beverage cans play a critically important role in feeding the world’s population. They are economical, allow seasonal produce to be available year round, and preserve exceptional nutritional value and fresh taste, all while keeping food safe. Cans are a great convenient way to put safe, nutritious meals on the table every day.


Metal packaging with BPA-based can liners boast an unprecedented safety record against the real dangers of food poisoning. According to FDA’s own records, there has not been a single case of food-borne illness from the failure of metal packaging in over 37 years, which correlates with the widespread use of BPA as the industry standard for can coatings.


With trillions of canned foods and beverages enjoyed by consumers everyday, this safety record cannot be ignored, considering that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food-borne diseases."

For more information, visit metal-pack.org.

The show received the following letter from NAMPA on January 28, 2013:

"In advance of this week’s airing of the Dr. Oz show that will reference BPA, I want to make sure you saw the attached statement NAMPA prepared today on last week’s ruling by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on BPA. You will notice in the statement that although OEHHA intends to list BPA on its list of chemicals known to be reproductive toxicants, it set a Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) well above the levels found in metal packaged beverages and food items. This decision demonstrates that the levels of BPA people are exposed to through food in cans is not a health hazard. NAMPA feels this is an important point to make clear to your viewers and your researchers as you continue to develop storylines involving BPA. The OEHHA MADL underscores the decision by health regulators across the world – trace BPA exposure through the consumption of food and beverages in metal packaging does not pose a health hazard."