This week, the Food and Drug Administration ruled that BPA (short for bisphenol A), an industrial chemical that has been used in some plastics since the 1960s, can no longer be used in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups. It can, however, still be used in other common household products.
According to the NY Times, FDA spokesman Steven Immergut, emphasized that the decision did not amount to a reversal of the agency’s position on the chemical. The FDA declared BPA safe in 2008, but began expressing concerns about possible health risks in 2010.
“Today’s action is based on industry’s abandonment of these uses of BPA,” Mr. Immergut said. “The agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food.” Continue reading
By Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World
Late in the day last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would not place on ban on BPA in packaging because there wasn’t enough scientific evidence that it harmed humans. We wonder whether they’ve missed the volumes of studies finding BPA associated with some cancers, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive disorders.
If you’re unclear on exactly what it is, BPA is short for bisphenol A. It is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.
Manufacturers are moving away from the chemical even without FDA action. Last month, Healthy Child Healthy World and the Breast Cancer Fund announced that Campbell’s Soup was moving away from BPA in its cans, in part due to dropping consumer demand and public campaigns to eliminate BPA from foods targeted at kids. Continue reading