FDA Taking Another Look at BPA


We have reported for some time that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long maintained that the toxin <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A

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Industry has long argued that BPA is safe at current dosages; however, the ubiquitous chemical—a plastic additive in use since the 1950s—has been linked to an increased risk of brain, reproductive, cardiac, and immune system diseases and disorders; problems with liver function testing; and interruptions in chemotherapy treatment. BPA is also associated with serious health problems based on over 200 studies which found it to have negative effects at “very low doses,” lower than the FDA’s current safety standards. Studies also revealed BPA stays in the body longer than previously believed. According to an earlier LA Times piece, a study confirmed what experts have also long suspected, containers made with BPA leach the chemical into the liquids being held, even when not heated.

Dr. Hamburg has put the FDA’s acting chief scientist in charge of the review following receipt of a letter from Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asking the agency to take another look at the decision it made last August regarding the chemical’s alleged safety, said the Journal. The FDA announcement claiming BPA’s safety at current levels was made under the prior administration and has met with harsh criticism, even from its own advisors. Dr. Hamburg said the review should take until the end of this summer or by early this autumn, added the Journal.

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Meanwhile, yesterday we reported that while industry believes scientists and consumer advocates are exaggerating the adverse effects of the plastic-hardening, estrogenic chemical, yet another bill banning its use has moved forward, this time in California. The LA Times reported that the proposal, which narrowly passed the state Senate, would ban BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups, and food containers.

Blitz Wolf dvdrip BPA can be found virtually everywhere and is present in detectable levels in just about every human body. The highest levels are seen, noted the Chicago Tribune previously, in the youngest Americans. A significant concern since the toxin leaches in increased doses when containers made with BPA are heated, as is often the case with baby bottles.

We wrote previously that manufacturers in whose best interest it is to continue to use BPA are working to find ways in which to stem government bans and allow the chemical in the items they produce. BPA is used in the linings of cans and lids, and companies such as Coca-Cola are among those trying to figure out how to block possible bans, reported the Washington Post. Also, the FDA relied on chemical industry lobbyists to look at the toxin’s risks, track legislation seeking BPA bans, and monitor press coverage, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, calling into question how the FDA reached its controversial conclusions and noting that an industry trade group actually authored entire portions of the FDA’s draft report.

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