Europe Confirms: No Need for BPA-Free

U.S. taxpayers are spending a lot of money researching bisphenol A—$170 million in grant funding just from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences alone. And while all this heavily-funded research may makes for scary headlines, it hasn’t produced evidence that BPA poses a health risk to humans at typical levels of exposure.

In fact, a new ruling today from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirms BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age. This echo’s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s confirmation last month that BPA is safe as currently used.

The EFSA and FDA examined a huge volume of research on BPA in making their determinations. The casual reader may be surprised to learn, given all the headlines linking BPA from ailments from diabetes to asthma, that BPA doesn’t pose a threat to human health. But as we’ve pointed out in the past—much of the research linking BPA to scary health ailments suffers from serious problems. To learn more about the research on BPA, check out our issue primer.