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Dr.

Leon Bruner, Chief Science Officer at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, issued the
following statement on the report about levels of Bisphenol A in can linings:
“The exaggerated claims in this report ignore the inconvenient facts that regulatory agencies in
the U.S. and across the world have concluded that Bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in food
packaging. A person would need to consume more than 17,000 cans of soup per day – every day
for an entire lifetime – to exceed the conservative safe consumption limit that has set by the
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
“It’s also important to remember that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
concluded that food and beverages protected in packages using BPA in food safety barriers are
safe. In late 2014, after completing a four-year review of studies in late 2014, FDA said it had
not found any information to prompt a revision of its safety assessment of BPA in food
packaging. GMA agrees with FDA that there is no need for consumers to change their
purchasing or consumption patterns. People don’t eat the cans, they consume the contents, which
are completely safe all consumers.
“BPA has been used safely for over 40 years to ensure the safety and quality of food and
beverages in the lining of cans and metal closures used to seal glass jars. The linings are of
critical importance for consumer safety because they prevent interactions between the metal can
and its food contents over time that eventually leads to corrosion and contamination of the food
with dissolved metals and microorganisms. Elimination of perfectly safe and effective can
linings containing BPA would expose consumers to great risk.”