In a long-awaited response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Food and Drug Administration today announced it will not ban the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from food contact materials.
BPA is commonly used to make shatter-resistant plastics and to create epoxy linings. Common food-related uses include baby bottles that won’t break and linings that protect food from contamination. Previous research by FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and dozens of other agencies has found BPA to be safe.
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“The FDA sometimes gets things right, and this is one of those times. There’s no decent scientific evidence that BPA causes harm to humans. We’ve wasted enough time already on this wild-goose chase. The FDA – and environmentalists – need to find something else to think about.”
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