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Acknowledging there is “some concern’’ that a chemical found in baby bottles and infant sipping cups could cause adverse heath effects in children, Food and Drug Administration officials pledged yesterday to study the chemical far more closely but said there was not enough evidence to further regulate it.
As a precaution, the Department of Health and Human Services issued recommendations to consumers yesterday, including one to throw away scratched cups and bottles with Bisphenol A because small amounts of the chemical can seep out and be ingested by children.
Bisphenol A, or BPA,
More than 100 peer-reviewed studies have found BPA to be toxic at low doses, some similar to those found in people, yet not a single regulatory agency has updated safety standards to reflect this low-dose toxicity. FDA estimates that 17% of the U.S. diet comprises canned food; they last examined BPA exposures from food in 1996 but failed to set a safety standard.