French agency publishes preliminary findings from BPA consultation

The French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labour (Anses) has published a summary of responses to its public consultation on the health effects and potential substitutes for bisphenol A (BPA). This follows two reports on the health effects and uses of BPA published in 2011, which found that there was sufficient scientific evidence to prioritise the reduction of exposure of vulnerable populations, in particular by substituting BPA in materials in contact with food. The consultation resulted in 20 submissions from stakeholders which suggested 73 possible alternatives to BPA, which are described in the summary note from the agency. A more detailed expert report on the collective health risk assessment, including alternatives, is expected in late 2012. A copy of the Anses note (in French)

Chemical Watch, 29 June 2012 ; ;