The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that it is setting up an expert working group to evaluate new scientific evidence on the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on the human immune system.
The review follows the publication of a report by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), which critically examines two studies that raise concerns about the effects of BPA on the immune systems of foetuses and young children. Neither study had been published at the time of the last EFSA risk assessment in 2014.
The RIVM report recommends more funding for research into alternatives for BPA in food packaging, such as can liners, and plastic containers and suggests that consumers should reduce their exposure to BPA from food and other sources.
The review of the new evidence in the RIVM report will be carried out over the next few months and the EFSA expert Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and processing Aids (CEF Panel) will then issue a statement. EFSA is also planning to fully re-evaluate BPA in 2017-18 and a final scientific opinion will be completed in 2018.
More information about the review can be found here.