We were disappointed to see that your article about the health effects of bisphenol A (Belfast Telegraph, September 17) neglected to mention that the overwhelming majority of soft drinks bottles and their caps are made from plastics which do not contain bisphenol A (BPA).
Where BPA is used — for instance, as a protective lining inside canned products — its application is strictly regulated.
Detailed monitoring studies show that dietary exposure to BPA through potential migration from packaging to food is currently well below the tolerable daily intake. BPA is approved as safe for use in food and drink containers by the European Food Safety Authority, the UK Food Standards Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration, plus many other regulatory authorities around the world.
In fact, the authors of the study itself confirmed that more research was necessary before any conclusions as to adverse health effects could be reached.
British Soft Drinks Association