Can coating researchThis article was originally published in Foodnews
RESEARCH results published by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) into the can coating compound bisphenol A digycidyl ether (BADGE) are considered "reassuring" by FSA scientists. This molecule sparked a public debate over food packaging contact surfaces, which still feature prominently on the FSA's research agenda. Researchers were able to identify the products of reactions that took place in food spiked with BADGE. They found that the epoxy additive reacted irreversibly with proteins, such as those found in canned tuna. "This may be considered reassuring since it is lower molecular weight food substances that are of most toxicological interest, " said an FSA statement.