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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it won't ban bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial chemical that is widely used in food packaging.
The agency rejected a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that called for a ban on BPA as an ingredient in food packaging saying in a statement the council didn't have the scientific data needed for the FDA to change current regulations on the chemical.
But the FDA stressed it would continue to review the safety of BPA.
Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor, which can mimic the body's own hormones and may lead to negative health effects. Early developmental stages appear to be the period of greatest sensitivity to its effects, and some studies have linked prenatal exposure to later neurological difficulties. Regulatory bodies have determined safety levels for humans, but those safety levels are currently being questioned or are under review as a result of new scientific studies. A 2011 study that investigated the number of chemicals pregnant women are exposed to in the U.S. found BPA in 96% of women.
In 2009, The Endocrine Society released a statement citing the adverse effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals,including BPA.
In 2011, the chief scientist of the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency commented on a study on dietary exposure of adult humans to BPA performed by the EPA, saying, "This corroborates other independent studies and adds to the evidence that BPA is rapidly absorbed, detoxified, and eliminated from humans – therefore is not a health concern." In the study 20 subjects were tested for BPA every hour for twenty-four hours while consuming three meals consisting of canned food.
In 2012 a paper was written in response to this study, however, criticizing the study as lacking data and having flawed assumptions
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
Why am I not surprised
I guess until it kills people in large enough numbers......
I have read that Campbell's
has stopped using it....let's hope this government announcement doesn't change their minds