FDA Eyes Bisphenol A Concerns
FDA Isn't Recommending That People Ditch Bisphenol A but Notes That BPA-Free Baby Bottles Exist
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
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
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.
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