Grocery Manufacturers Association Statement Regarding Health Canada Risk Assessment of Bisphenol A (BPA) for Adults and Children

Scott Openshaw, Director, Communications, 202-295-3957
Brian Kennedy, Manager, Communications, 202-639-5994

October 17, 2008


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(Washington, D.C.) In a statement released today, Robert Brackett, chief science officer for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), reassured consumers about the safety of bisphenol A (BPA):

“While we respect the Canadian government’s decision regarding the use of BPA, their precautionary action is disproportional to the risk determined by public health agencies. An assessment of the entire body of scientific evidence and the findings of the FDA – which reaffirmed the safety of BPA as recently as August – and numerous health authorities and researchers have concluded that consumers can continue to safely enjoy foods and beverages in the many forms of packaging provided, including those that contain BPA, without changing their purchasing or eating patterns.

“The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have all evaluated and approved the safety of BPA. BPA is approved by FDA for use in food contact applications, and for more than 40 years it has played an essential part in food preservation.

“In addition to the WHO and the EFSA, several other prominent international bodies have also agreed with FDA regarding the safety of BPA. These include the Health and Consumer Protection Directorate of the European Commission; the European Chemical Bureau of the European Union; the European Scientific Panel on Food Additives, Flavorings, Processing Aids, and Materials in Contact with Food; and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

“The food and beverage industry, along with other domestic and international regulatory agencies, and the scientific community will continue to evaluate the safety of BPA for infants, children and adults on an ongoing basis. For more information regarding the safety of BPA, please visit to review GMA’s science policy paper on BPA.


The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) represents the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies. The Association promotes sound public policy, champions initiatives that increase productivity and growth and helps to protect the safety and security of the food supply through scientific excellence. The GMA board of directors is comprised of chief executive officers from the Association’s member companies. The $2.1 trillion food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry employs 14 million workers, and contributes over $1 trillion in added value to the nation’s economy. For more information, visit the GMA Web site at



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