COT statement on bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) in canned foods (August 1997)

The COT was asked to advise on the results of a Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food survey on the migration of bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) into canned foods.

The Committee's Conclusions and Recommendations are:

... we consider that, on the basis of the available information, the levels of BADGE identified in the recent MAFF survey of canned foods are unlikely to pose a risk to health. However, as a matter of prudence, we recommend that continued efforts be made by industry to ensure that the level of BADGE in canned fish products remain below 1 mg/kg food. In addition, we recommend that further surveillance for BADGE be carried out to ensure that the SCF temporary limit is not exceeded.

The Food Safety Information Sheet containing the MAFF survey data can be viewed. Additionally, a related article in the Food Safety Information Bulletin is available.