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American Chemistry Council Welcomes Call for Expedited FDA Review of BPA
Date:6/2/2009

The following statement can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council (ACC):

ARLINGTON, Va., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed a congressional request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expedite its review of the scientific evidence on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) in food-contact products.

We agree with Reps. Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak that an immediate, transparent assessment of the science, including all relevant data and scientific studies, is welcome and in the public's best interest. ACC and its member companies rely on and will respect FDA's guidance on the safety of food-contact products containing BPA as they have consistently done in response to all prior FDA findings on BPA safety. Timely decisions, based on science, will give the public the confidence it deserves in the safety of these products.

Within the last year, the European Union, European Food Safety Authority, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, French Food Safety Authority, Swiss Office for Public Health, and others have extensively evaluated the science around BPA and uniformly concluded that BPA is safe in food-contact products. We look forward to FDA's similarly thorough and science-based review.

Through our scientific research and communications, the ACC is working hard to develop and communicate accurate information about the safety profile of BPA and the benefits it provides to consumers. Clear and shatter-resistant polycarbonate plastic, made from BPA, is used to make products ranging from eyeglass lenses and bicycle helmets to DVDs and food storage containers. Epoxy resins, also made from BPA, are widely used to line food and beverage cans to prevent corrosion, contamination and food spoilage.

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