Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health & Baby

Font Size

FDA Eyes Bisphenol A Concerns

FDA Isn't Recommending That People Ditch Bisphenol A but Notes That BPA-Free Baby Bottles Exist
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

April 28, 2008 -- The FDA is looking into concerns about the safety of bisphenol A, which is found in polycarbonate plastic (including some baby bottles, water bottles, and other food and drink packaging) and epoxy resins (which line some metal products including canned foods).

The FDA has formed an agency-wide BPA (bisphenol A) task force to review concerns noted in a bisphenol A draft report recently issued by scientists from the National Toxicology Program and in a separate risk assessment by Canadian health officials.

The FDA states that based on its ongoing review, "we believe there is a large body of evidence that indicates that FDA-regulated products containing BPA currently on the market are safe and that exposure levels to BPA from food contact materials, including for infants and children, are below those that may cause health effects. However, we will continue to consider new research and information as they become available."

The FDA says that while its risk assessment process is under way, it isn't recommending that anyone discontinue using products that contain bisphenol A. But "concerned consumers should know that several alternatives to polycarbonate baby bottles exist, including glass baby bottles," states the FDA.

The American Chemistry Council, an industry group, asked the FDA on April 17 to review bisphenol A's safety in food contact applications. The council maintains that the potential human exposure to bisphenol A from polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin food contact applications is minimal and poses no known risk to human health.

Several retailers, including Wal-Mart, Toys "R" Us (which includes Babies "R" Us), and CVS/pharmacy, have announced plans to phase out baby bottles containing bisphenol A. Nalgene says it will stop using bisphenol A in its consumer water bottles.

(Are you worried about the chemicals that may be lurking in your plastic bottles? Take our poll on WebMD's Health Cafe message board.)

Baby's First Year Newsletter

Because every week matters, get expert advice and facts on what to expect in your baby's first year.

Today on WebMD

mother on phone holding baby
When you should call 911.
parents and baby
Unexpected ways your life will change.
baby acne
What’s normal – and what’s not.
baby asleep on moms shoulder
Help your baby get the sleep he needs.

mother holding baby at night
mother with sick child
Chinese mother breast feeding newborn baby girl
Track Your Babys Vaccines
Baby Napping 10 Dos And Donts
Woman holding feet up to camera
Father kissing newborn baby
baby gear slideshow