1 May 2014
Industry rejects calls for plastics ban
The Australian Beverages Council, representing the Australian non-alcoholic beverage industry, has today responded to the recent calls for a ban on plastics containing the chemical compound bisphenol-A, or BPA, labelling the statement reckless and contrary to the latest, credible science on the topic.
“BPA is used in a range of everyday materials including food packaging, sports equipment, water bottles, clothing, floor coverings and even till receipts. It has been tested thoroughly over a period of 50 years. Like some chemicals in our environment, small amounts can be ingested or absorbed into the body. Any BPA that does find its way into our system is quickly excreted from the body and in the very low doses of BPA we may come into contact with poses no negative health effects in humans” said the Council’s CEO, Mr Geoff Parker.
“The researchers from Deakin University calling for the ban claim BPA can lead to diabetes and obesity. Their results and the basis for the ban are based off research where tiny fish were injected with between 100 and 1000 times the BPA normally associated with daily exposure in humans. Any assertion that this fish study can in anyway be related to humans is ludicrous and the calls for a ban on BPA are equally absurd and quite frankly, reckless.
“The agency responsible for food safety in the country – Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), continually reviews the latest evidence from around the world in assessing any potential harm from our food supply. FSANZ has looked at BPA as recently as earlier this year. In January 2014 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released an updated draft opinion on BPA following an exposure assessment and review of toxicological studies on the safety of BPA. EFSA says that current exposure for all age groups would still be well below the proposed tolerable daily intake amount, deemed to be the safe level in humans. As recently as February researchers with the US Food and Drug Administration ran a study that mimicked the small doses of BPA that people may come into contact with. That study also confirmed that in these extremely low levels, BPA is perfectly safe for humans.
“In assessing the safety of any food packaging material, the industry will continue to rely on the opinion of reputable, global food safety agencies such as FSANZ, EFSA and USFDA and the credible bank of evidence that points to the safe use of BPA” Mr Parker concluded.
Media contact: Geoff Parker – CEO, Australian Beverages Council, Mobile: 0407 646 195
The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body for the $7 billion non-alcoholic beverages industry and represents manufacturers of soft drinks, bottled water, fruit juice and fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, cordial and functional waters.