FDA Rejects BPA Ban
about BPA in consumer products, but subsequently took heat from congressional leaders and its own for the decision.
Two year later, the agency and promised a major research effort to pin down any potential health risks.
Some research has linked the chemical with , diabetes, and liver abnormalities, and on its website, the FDA says some studies have raised questions about its effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.
Still, the agency says the evidence generally supports the safety of current low levels of human exposure to BPA.
FDA said it currently supports voluntary industry actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and minimize the presence of the plasticizer in food can linings.
The American Chemistry Council, generally an advocate for industry, reiterated in a press statement its stance that BPA is safe.
"BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals used today and has a safety track record in food contact of over 40 years," said the Council's Steven G.
"The consensus of government agencies across the world, based on the science, is that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials."
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