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RES: French Agency releases new BPA assessment

Reseau Environnement Santé (RES) has responded to the risk assessment report of bisphenol A, released by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) on 9 April.

RES welcomes the report, where the institutional expertise of the Agency has in many respects changed significantly, despite pressures that were exerted on ANSES:

  • Systematic review of all the literature instead of considering only the studies from industry (meeting good laboratory practice);
  • Recognition of specific toxicological paradigm of endocrine disruption, with priority given to the protection of the fetus;
  • Weight given to the process of hazard identification and assessment and recognition of the limitations of risk assessment;
  • Therefore, interpretation of scientific uncertainty in favour of a precautionary approach rather than inaction and regulatory status quo.

The risk assessment of BPA focuses on four types of pathologies including effects on brain development, effects on the mammary gland, effects on the female reproductive system, and effects on metabolism and obesity.

The report includes the calculation of toxicological reference values between 5000 and 20,000 times lower that the acceptable daily intake levels (ADI) defended by EFSA – values so low that they can only be achieved by a phase out of all uses of BPA. The ANSES report clearly disqualifies EFSA’s ‘safe level’ for BPA where it maintains an ADI that does not ensure the safety of consumers and ignores modern science specific to endocrine disruption.

Full reports in FR: volume 1 here – volume 2 here

Opinion in EN here

Last updated on 10 April 2013

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