Based on the overall weight of evidence, the findings of the previous assessment remain unchanged and Health Canada’s Food Directorate continues to conclude that current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children,” said the Bureau of Chemical Safety of Health Canada in its report that was quietly issued Sept. 27.
Health Canada was careful to remind everyone that the initial ban was only enacted as a precautionary measure due to the uncertainty raised in some experimental studies relating to the potential effects of low levels of BPA. But don’t worry, even with the announcement of their support for BPA in food packaging, they still want us to understand that no assessment is ever really final.
Oh good, I feel much better now. Nevermind the 100+ independent studies showing harm to developing children with low level exposure to BPA. Or the new study of more than 2,800 U.S. children and teens linking high urinary levels of BPA to obesity.
I just keep thinking about the 8 billion pounds of BPA that are produced worldwide every year. That’s an awful lot for the chemical industry to lose, isn’t it?