Session Detail

Session Number and Title: 070.BPA and its alternatives: Quantifying the risks.
Session Time: Sunday, Jun 12, 2011, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Primary Track: Food Processing & Packaging
Secondary Track: Food Safety & Defense
Session Room: Room 394
Session Description: Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used by the food packaging/processing industry for can linings and other things. Recent toxicological concerns have led to recommendations to discontinue many, if not all, of the current uses. This would require adopting replacement substances and/or procedures that have other risks. There is substantial controversy surrounding how to quantify the risks—particularly for extremely low doses resulting from package leaching. In addition, there are major differences in the alternatives that could lead to decreased product safety and shelf life. This symposium discusses the impact of implementing such changes, including the likely risks of BPA at low exposures (e.g., in the range of doses likely to be encountered as a result of leaching from packaging). The symposium includes discussion about the alternatives to BPA, an evaluation of potential low-dose risks for these compounds as well as differences in performance, and the impact on packaging and manufacturing.
Collaborating Division 1: Toxicology & Safety Evaluation
Collaborating Division 2: Food Packaging
Collaborating Division 3: Food Laws & Regulations
Learning Objective 1: Participants will obtain a greater understanding of the risks of BPA and its alternatives - product failure risks as well as consumer risks due to the presence of BPA epoxy resins and its alternatives in food.
Learning Objective 2: Participants will hear the impact of assumptions, methods, and regulations.
Audience Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Session Moderator:
Barbara Petersen
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011, 1:35 PM - 2:05 PM
070-01. Regulatory status of BPA and safety assessment of alternatives.
Kristi Jacobs, U.S. Food and Drug Admin, College Park, MD

Sunday, Jun 12, 2011, 2:05 PM - 2:25 PM
070-02. Media disruption? BPA and the consumer
Trevor Butterworth, George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA

Sunday, Jun 12, 2011, 2:25 PM - 2:45 PM
070-03. Performance of BPA epoxy resins and their alternatives
John Rost, North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Washington, DC

Sunday, Jun 12, 2011, 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
070-04. Panel discussion of BPA: Next steps
Kathleen M. Roberts, B&C Consortia Management LLC, Washington, DC



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