WASHINGTON (March 30, 11:10 p.m. ET) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it was rejecting a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food-contact materials.
Dennis Keefe, director of FDA's office of food additive safety, said in statement that because there has been concern about use of BPA in polycarbonate infant bottles and sippy cups, FDA has been supporting industry efforts to find alternative materials.
But the agency rejected the NRDC petition, saying: “The [FDA's] assessment is that the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.”
The decision was expected by industry sources. Steven Hentges of the American Chemistry Council's polycarbonate/BPA group, said: “FDA's decision today, which has taken into consideration the best available science, again confirms that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials, as it has been approved and used safely for four decades. FDA has closed the book on NRDC's 2008 petition and clearly resolved that there was no scientific evidence presented that would warrant any change in the food-contact applications of BPA.”