FDA Won’t Ban BPA

by Christopher Paul on April 30, 2012

The FDA declined to ban the chemical BPA from food containers despite several studies suggesting it’s harmful.

“The ubiquity of BPA is unsettling. Studies have found the chemical in the blood of newborn babies, who absorbed it while still in utero. We consume the stuff every day: It leaches from can linings into our food and drink. It’s on cash-register receipts and smears on the fingertips of anyone who touches one. The stuff is everywhere and has proven hard to replace in products like canned tomatoes. Studies have linked the chemical to cancer and abnormal brain development.”

“But another recent study concluded that even low levels of BPA can pose a problem to humans. Chemicals that mimic hormones can have different impacts at low doses than at high doses, and the study found that low-dose BPA trials have shown negative impacts that didn’t show up at higher dose levels.”

BPA is an estrogen like chemical which is thought to lead or contribute to neurological disorders, obesity, thyroid problems, breast and prostate cancer, and reproduction and sexual performance/behavior issues.

BPA is hard to avoid. It’s found in many plastic bottles, CD and DVD cases, eyewear, tin and aluminum cans for food and drink, and most point of sale receipts – there is a coating on the paper that contains BPA which rubs on to the fingers.

Canada has declared the chemical as toxic. Japan has replaced the can linings with a epoxy resin. And the EU has banned BPA from baby bottles.

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