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Health Canada Draft Assessment Supports Safety of Bisphenol A
Date:4/18/2008

ARLINGTON, Va., April 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) respects the jurisdiction of Health Canada to protect the health and safety of Canadians with respect to the use of consumer products. Canadian families should expect no less from their government.

Consistent with the safety evaluations conducted by many other scientific and government bodies, the draft assessment released today by Health Canada confirms that health risks to the general population in Canada from exposure to bisphenol A are negligible. The assessment also confirms that the Canadian population is exposed to only very low levels of bisphenol A from use of consumer products.

"The weight of scientific evidence, as assessed by Health Canada and other agencies around the world, provides reassurance that consumers can continue to safely use products made from bisphenol A," stated Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the American Chemistry Council's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. "Consumer products made from polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, including products for infants and children, are accepted as safe for use, and used, around the world."

While the safety of consumer products for all age groups, in particular for adults, is reaffirmed by Health Canada's scientific assessment of bisphenol A, ACC supports Health Canada's goal to further minimize any potential risks to infants and children. However, consumer product bans are not supported by science and are inconsistent with Health Canada's assessment, which found that infants are not exposed to bisphenol A at harmful levels.

"We strongly support scientific research on the safety of bisphenol A and have conducted extensive research ourselves for many years," stated Dr. Hentges. "We will continue to participate in the ongoing process for the Canadian government's Chemicals Management Plan and are currently conducting a comprehensive study that will help address one of the areas
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