FDA Investigating Health Hazards of BPA in Plastic Bottles, Food Packaging

Posted on January 16, 2010

The FDA is now investigating health risks from BPA, or bisphenol-A, a commonly used component used to make plastic bottles and food packaging. The FDA declared the substance safe in 2008, but it may now reverse that decision. BPA is the chemical that has been banned from baby bottles. But it may be dangerous for adults, too. The New York Times reports:
The agency said Friday that it had "some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children," and would join other federal health agencies in studying the chemical in both animals and humans.

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Concerns about BPA are based on studies that have found harmful effects in animals, and on the recognition that the chemical seeps into food and baby formula, and that nearly everyone is exposed to it, starting in the womb.

But health officials said there was no proof that BPA was dangerous to humans.
The FDA is going to spend $30 million in the next two years to do extensive testing on BPA, according to health officials. BPA is banned in Canada, Chicago and parts of New York, but only for products meant for children. Depending on the outcome of the FDA's testing, the substance could end up being banned entirely.

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