ANSES report claims bisphenol B as a substance of very high concerns

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) published a concerning report on bisphenol B (BPB). This product has become increasingly utilized in food packaging as a substitution of bisphenol A (BPA) which exhibits estrogen-mimicking, hormone-like proprieties. BPA’s effects on the endocrine system have been investigated since 2008. Currently, BPA is banned from baby bottles and it’s strongly not recommended in other food packages either. For these reasons, the use of BPB is on the rise. However, ANSES has published a report raising concerns about BPB’s safety. The report claims estrogen activity which could consequently lead to bad effects on the male reproductive system. These effects are quite similar to those which caused the BPA ban. Hence, ANSES proposed to put BPB in the category of substances of very high concerns (SVHC). With this categorization, producers must declare the presence of BPB if the concentration in their products is higher than 0.1%. ANSES also declared concerns about the environment, given that the hormone-mimicking function of BPB could harm animals as well. To confirm these risks, the researchers relied on the structural similarity between bisphenols A and B, which could lead to the extension of the SVHC classification to all substances that have a chemical structure similar to the BPA.