The American Chemistry Council has responded to a study claiming that plastics products, including materials labelled as bisphenol A-free, still contain oestrogen-like chemicals. "[T]his report cannot be considered a reliable source" because of limitations in its methodology, the ACC said, adding that "consumers can continue to have confidence that the plastic food packaging on the market today meets stringent federal safety requirements."

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2011) – On March 2, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives published a study suggesting that many forms of plastic packaging can potentially release endocrine active substances. The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division, whose members include the nation’s leading producers of plastics materials, issued the following statement:

Every day, modern plastic packaging plays a critical role in helping to prevent food borne illness and reduce spoilage from farm to shelf to table—but not before these materials are demonstrated to meet rigorous government safety standards. In the United States, all plastic packaging intended for contact with foods and beverages must meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s stringent safety requirements before it may be used.