The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delayed the final adoption of its opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) from May until November this year.
The agency said a public consultation will be launched in July on its draft scientific opinion about the possible risks to public health of BPA.
EFSA said the extension will enable the results of ongoing scientific work on BPA at European and national level while completing their risk assessment.
EFSA completed its full risk assessment in 2006 and set a Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of 0.05 mg/kg body weight/day for the substance.
Last week, we spoke to Spanish health group, Vivosano , who called for draft legislation that bans the chemical in food contact materials.