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Bisphenol A: Some Concerns Remain

National Toxicology Program Notes Concerns in Final Bisphenol A Safety Report

Plastics Industry, Critics Respond

All along, the American Chemistry Council, a trade group for the plastics industry, has maintained that bisphenol A is safe at typical exposure levels, and that lab tests on animals aren't a good gauge of risk to humans.

That's in line with the FDA's draft report and a separate report by European health officials concluded in July. And in August, California lawmakers rejected a bill that would have limited bisphenol A to trace amounts in products geared to kids aged 3 and younger.

"The safety of our products is our highest priority," Steven G. Hentges, PhD, of the American Chemistry Council's Polycarbonate/BPA Group, says in a news release. "An earlier draft of the NTP report has already been used by the [FDA] to support their safety assessment, which confirms that food-contact products made from polycarbonate plastic, including products for infants and children, can continue to be used safely."

Meanwhile, the EWG focuses on the concern mentioned in the NTP's report, calling it a "measured" stance. In a statement emailed to WebMD, EWG Executive Director Richard Wiles is critical of the plastics industry and the FDA, and says "the new NTP assessment tells us that we are right to be concerned about BPA."

The NTP's report is about science. It doesn't make recommendations about banning or otherwise regulating bisphenol A; that's up to the FDA. An FDA spokesperson wasn't immediately available to comment on the NTP's final report.

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