Bisphenol A and other bisphenols
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a man-made chemical and is widely used in plastic products and epoxy resins. BPA is a recognised hormone disrupting chemical and there is evidence linking even low level exposure to BPA with adverse effects on the development of breast tissue.
The European Commission banned the use of BPA in baby bottles in March 2011 because of concerns of its potential effects on the developing mammary gland, and has also banned BPA from use till receipts from 2020. However, it continues to be used in a wide range of other food and drink contact materials.
Breast Cancer UK is calling for BPA to be prohibited from use in all food and drinks packaging. We also advocate that it should be prohibited in any products intended for children under three years old and should be replaced with safer alternatives.
Breast Cancer UK Position paper
- Background briefing on Bisphenol A (21.10.16)
- Response to the proposal to identify BPA as a substance of very high concern owing to its classification as an endocrine disrupting chemical (24.4.2017)
- Response to the proposal to identify BPA as a substance of very high concern owing to its classification in the hazard class reproductive toxicity category 1B (22.10.2016)
- Response to the draft opinion of the Committee of Socio-Economic Analysis on the use of BPA in thermal receipt paper (16.11.2016)
- Response to the European Commissions Roadmap on Rules concerning the use of BPA in food contact materials: (23.12.2015)
- Response to the Draft Scientific Opinion of the European Food Safety Authority on the risks to public health related to the precense of Bisphenol A in food stuffs (Part 2) Health Risks: (25.1.2014)
- Response to the Draft Scientific Opinion on the risks to public health related to the precense of Bisphenol A in food stuffs (Part 1) Exposure Assessment: (15.09.2013)
Letters and joint statements
page last updated: 25 April 2017