The new report updates Health Canada's 2008 BPA risk assessment with data from six Canadian studies conducted in the past four years. And although it reaffirms the government's stance on the safety of BPA -- that it is "not expected to represent a health risk" -- Canada will "continue to support the development of alternatives to using BPA in food can linings and will prioritize the review of these new materials as they are developed," according to the statement.
The North American Metal Packaging Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based industry trade group, hopes the report will reassure U.S. consumers.
"Today's determination should put to rest once and for all any doubts as to where the Canadian government stands regarding the safety of BPA in food packaging," NAMPA chairman John Rost said in a statement. "Health Canada's assessment is based on actual exposure among all age groups from real-life food and beverage products, and should provide reassurance to consumers everywhere that BPA in food packaging is safe."