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Health Canada finds “no health risk” from BPA in canned foods

BPA in steel packagingAs part of its research commitment on bisphenol A (BPA), Health Canada released the results of a new survey of BPA exposure levels in a variety of canned foods. The results from this latest government survey state that foods packaged in BPA epoxy resin coated metal cans do not pose a health risk.

Health Canada officials repeated their previous conclusion “that current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and infants.”

“What is important about this latest survey from Health Canada is that once again, research conducted by a well respected international body has shown that the minute levels of BPA in canned foods do not represent any risk to consumers,” said Dr. John M. Rost, North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc. (NAMPA) Chairman. “Equally important is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no record of food-borne illness from a failure of metal packaging in more than 30 years, further testimony to BPA’s vital role in food safety. This fact, coupled with today’s information from Health Canada, raises serious questions as to why various legislative bodies continue to push for a ban on BPA use in food packaging.”

Canadian government researchers determined that all levels of BPA found in the over 70 tested products were well below the level established as safe for consumers by the Canadian government.

NAMPA welcomes the latest Health Canada study, noting that these findings confirm industry’s own research that shows BPA levels in metal-packaged foods are negligible.

SOURCE: North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc.

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