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by Eric F. Greenberg | Attorney-at-Law

BPA good news doesn’t end the story

Publicity always trumps science, as I am fond of saying, so don’t get too excited that the Europeans have said current human exposure to Bisphenol A is safe. It’s not as if this is the first time anyone has said it’s safe. Fair’s fair, so safety studies will continue, but in the meantime, the experts are saying that current exposures are safe. The problem is, some people aren’t ever going to be convinced.

What the European Food Safety Authority said exactly is that Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the tolerable daily intake or TDI). Though they even reduced the level they consider safe to 4 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day, they said the amount people are getting exposed to from a combination of sources is three to five times lower than that.

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