EU scientists tighten BPA safety threshold

BPA poses no health risk to EU consumers at present exposure levels, but the safe limit needs to be slashed to less than one tenth of its previous value, the European Food Safety Authority decided

BPA poses no health risk to EU consumers at present exposure levels, but the safe limit needs to be slashed to less than one tenth of its previous value, the European Food Safety Authority has concluded.

EFSA recommended that the ‘tolerable daily intake’ of the widely used endocrine disruptor – low level human exposure to which is ubiquitous in Europe – should be cut from 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day to 4µg/kg.

This is lower than the 5µg/kg level EFSA had proposed in its draft safety assessment last year, following technical advice received during a public consultation.

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