COT update statement on the toxicology of terephthalic acid

Terephthalic acid (TPA) is used as a starting material in the manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which may be used in food cans and beverage bottles. COT previously considered TPA and made recommendations for further studies and a review by the Committee on Mutagenicity (COM). This statement updates the COT's 2000 view, based on the results of the new studies and COM opinion.