FDA Plans More Research On BPA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are standing firm
despite criticism for declaring that a controversial chemical is
safe.
The Food and Drug Administration, in a letter to independent
scientific reviewers released today, says it is re-evaluating its
research on Bisphenol (BIS'-fen-ahl) A and carrying out additional
studies.
An independent report found deep flaws in the FDA's conclusion
that the chemical used in food packaging is safe.
Known as BPA, the chemical is used for hardening plastics that
go into all sorts of consumer products. Canada has banned it in
baby bottles, because of concern it could cause developmental
problems in infants. BPA mimics some of the effects of estrogen, a
powerful hormone.
A senior scientist with Consumers Union says it's noteworthy
that the FDA is taking no action while it investigates further.


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