FDA Expected to Offer BPA Ruling Today

Lots of supplier and marketing organizations are on tenterhooks today as the FDA is expected to offer a ruling on a long-simmering request to remove the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from food and beverage packaging.

Recall that BPA is used to help provide plastic and epoxy resins to coat inside of cans and bottles; there have been concerns that BPA could cause negative health effects.

The agency is responding to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It is required to file its response by Saturday.

While we wait on the FDA, we do know where manufacturer lobbying group the American Chemistry Council sits on this one, however.

“We have and will continue to rely on the experts at FDA to evaluate the safety of BPA, and respond on the basis of all the available scientific data, including information referenced by NRDC. BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals used today and has a safety track record in food contact of over 40 years,” said Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC. “The consensus of government agencies across the world, based on the science, is that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials.”

More info as the ruling appears.