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Health Canada confirms BPA safety in food packaging applications

Health Canada has announced its confirmation on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA)-based epoxy resins in metal food and beverage packaging, which was welcomed by the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA).

A final report has been issued by the Canadian Food Directorate, in updating its 2008 assessment of dietary exposure to BPA, confirming its previous conclusion that BPA use in food contact applications presents no risk to the general population including infants.

The Canadian government conducted four years of analyses to measure the amount of BPA exposure in adults and children, including infants, from four distinct food contact applications including canned drink products, canned food products, bottled water and soft drink and beer products.

In 33 different categories, a total of 132 food products were tested leading to a conclusion that the updated dietary exposure assessments are lower compared to those estimated in the assessment of August 2008.

NAMPA chairman Dr. John Rost said Health Canada’s assessment is based on actual exposure among all age groups from real-life food and beverage products and should provide guarantee that BPA in food packaging is harmless.

"Today’s determination should put to rest once and for all any doubts as to where the Canadian government stands regarding the safety of BPA in food packaging," Rost said.