Health: EU downplayed bisphenol-A

Environmental protection association Global 2000: European authority again downplayed danger by mass chemical bisphenol A.

Close your eyes, close your ears: EFSA ignores scientific facts in favor of economic interests. Yesterday, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its report on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), which was overdue in July. Despite numerous studies proving the risks of BPA, EFSA maintains its industry-friendly view that BPA does not pose a risk to human health. "EFSA is once again neglecting to protect the health of the European population," says Daniela Hoffmann, chemical expert at GLOBAL 2000. Numerous studies have shown that the bulk chemical BPA, even in the smallest doses, acts like a hormone in the human body and can cause considerable damage. Scientists and physicians have repeatedly called for stricter handling of BPA. "EFSA is again unabashedly giving in to the economic interests behind the unlimited use of bisphenol A," Hoffmann continued.

After GLOBAL 2000 already demonstrated BPA in pacifiers and other children's products last year, Minister of Health Stöger announced last week that a nationwide ban on BPA in products close to children was announced. In theory, there is still the possibility that the European Health Commissioner will ban BPA at least for particularly vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women. "However, this is very unlikely. Therefore, the Austrian Ministry of Health must implement a BPA ban for products close to children," says Hoffmann.

BPA is found in numerous everyday products. It can be detected in the blood, urine and tissue of almost all people, regardless of their nationality or age. Hundreds of studies in a wide variety of mammals, as well as studies in humans, suggest that BPA is responsible for many serious health problems such as infertility, cardiovascular diseases, developmental disorders in children and cancer. As early as 2009, the German Federal Environment Agency came to the conclusion that the daily intake of bisphenol A, which EFSA currently deems safe, would be set 2000 times too high to exclude health consequences for people. (pm, Oct 4, 2010)

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