The Fabulous Destiny of Bisphenol A (BPA)


European Journal of Risk Regulation

novembre 2010, vol. 4, pp.397-400

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Food law, Risk regulation, Precautionary principle, EU law wTO

Introduction 'Three letters lie at the heart of our modern world: BPA'. 'Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, may be among the most vilified chemicals'. While the former statement appeared in the New Scientist1, the latter was the incipit of a wonderful piece entitled 'The Plastic Panic ' How worried should we be about everyday chemicals?' published in The New Yorker last May2. Besides shedding some light on the pitfalls of epidemiological research in general, both articles witness the centrality of the debate surrounding this chemical substance in today's world. The narrative surrounding BPA sounds familiar to any risk regulation observer. In particular, the classic story of phthalates comes to mind. Today, the use of BPA in certain packaging materials such as polycarbonate