Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used by food processors in can linings and other packaging applications. Recent toxicological concerns have led to recommendations to discontinue many, if not all, of the current uses. Legislation at the state level has called for bans on BPA’s use in baby bottles and other food-related uses. This would require adopting replacement substances and/or procedures that have other risks. There is substantial controversy surrounding how to quantify the risks, particularly for extremely low doses resulting from package leaching. In addition, there are major differences in the alternatives that could lead to decreased product safety and shelf life.
On Sunday afternoon from 1:30–3:00 pm in Room 394, Session 070 BPA and Its Alternatives: Quantifying the Risks will discuss the impact of implementing such changes, including the likely risks of BPA at low exposures (e.g., in the range of doses likely to be encountered as a result of leaching from packaging). The symposium will also explore alternatives to BPA, an evaluation of potential low-dose risks for these compounds as well as differences in performance, and the impact on packaging and manufacturing.
Speakers include representatives from the U.S. FDA, a metal packaging association, and a consultancy specializing in chemical regulations.