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NewsBites June 2012 Issue

FDA: Evidence Lacking to Ban BPA

Frustrating environmental activists, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a petition asking it to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in food packaging and other containers likely to come in contact with food. The FDA stated that there wasn’t enough scientific data to support a ban on the chemical, which is used in polycarbonate hard-plastic bottles and the lining of food and beverage cans. The Natural Resources Defense Council had originally petitioned the agency in 2008, citing animal studies of effects from BPA hormone-disruption as well as “emerging human research.” When the FDA didn’t respond, the environmental group took it to court to force a decision. While rejecting a ban, the FDA supported further research into the safety of BPA and said its ruling wasn’t the final word. In the meantime, some food companies—most recently, Campbell’s Soup—have announced that they’re seeking alternatives to BPA in their packaging.

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