Reaffirms Safety of BPA for Use in Metal Food Packaging
n North American Metal Packaging Alliance
Working with Canadian Government and Infant Formula Manufacturers to Develop
Industry Code of Practice for Infant Formula –
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update: 4:22 p.m. EDT Oct. 17, 2008
WASHINGTON, Oct 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today's
announcement by Health Canada regarding completion of its assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) offers reassurance to Canadians that
the use of this chemical in the production of epoxy resins in metal food and beverage
packaging presents no risk to consumers.
In issuing its decision, Health Canada released several proposed "risk
management measures" as required elements of Canada's regulatory process, or
Chemicals Management Plan, for BPA. Among the steps to be taken is the
Canadian government's application of the ALARA principle, or "as low as
reasonably achievable" levels, of BPA in infant formula products for
newborns and children up to 18 months. While Health Canada
clearly acknowledged that exposure to BPA among infants and young children
currently is below levels found to show adverse effects in appropriate animal
testing, its action was based on a desire to enhance the protection already
afforded to this population group.
"We certainly understand the Canadian government's
desire to be prudent when it comes to the safety of infants and toddlers. The
levels of BPA found in infant formula are already significantly lower than
the safe level designated by the European Food Safety Authority, which has
the lowest regulated limit in the world and has recently reaffirmed the
safety of this application," said Dr. John M. Rost,
Chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc. (NAMPA). "NAMPA is committed to working cooperatively with Health Canada
further to reduce migration levels wherever technology permits. Our number
one priority is to ensure that the foods delivered in metal packaging are
also announced that it is continuing its efforts to work cooperatively with
industry to develop a Code of Practice to evaluate infant formula and ensure
the highest standards of protection for this use. NAMPA, along with manufacturers of canned
infant formula, has been working cooperatively with the Canadian government
since it began its review of BPA in April. Those efforts have focused on
reevaluating the already exceedingly low levels of BPA to ensure that they
represent the lowest achievable levels. NAMPA
has been an active participant in this process from the start as it is
consistent with its members' commitment to the highest standards of product
health and safety.
NAMPA is encouraged by Heath Canada's assessment of the safety
of metal packaging for food and beverages. Health Canada
is well aware of the critical importance of epoxy coatings in protecting the
food supply in Canada.
We are gratified that following the Canadian assessment of BPA, government
officials have reached the same conclusion as the United States Food and Drug
Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, and the German Federal
Institute for Risk Assessment, among others, that BPA-based epoxy coatings
are safe to use in contact with food and beverages.
For more information, please review our website at http://www.metal-pack.org.
Editor's Note: Dr. John M. Rost,
NAMPA Chairman, is available for interviews regarding the safe use of BPA in
metal packaging. Please contact Michelle Lancaster for arrangements.
SOURCE: North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc. (NAMPA)