BPA update: experts start immunotoxicity review

EFSA has set up a working group of international experts to evaluate new scientific evidence on the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on the immune system. The experts will follow up a first discussion this week with a two-day meeting later in the summer. EFSA’s expert Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids will issue a scientific statement regarding the new information after its 13-15 September plenary meeting.

EFSA is conducting the review following publication of a report by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment that raises concerns about the effects of BPA on the immune system of fetuses and young children. More on the background to the review.