Endocrine Society experts applaud proposed EU limits on BPA in food
The Endocrine Society praised the European Food Safety Agency’s (EFSA) decision to establish a strict limit on the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) that can be safely consumed daily.
BPA—a chemical that mimics the effects of estrogen on the body—seeps into food and drinks through plastics and other packaging. BPA has been linked to infertility, obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and neurodevelopmental issues such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Because of widespread use of BPA in consumer products and other goods, people of all ages consume at least 150 times more than the new tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.2 ng of BPA per kilogram of body weight, on average, according to EFSA. Infants between the ages of 6 and 12 months and toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3 years old consume, on average, more than 4,200 times the tolerable daily intake.
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