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Consumers Union Disappointed with FDA's Action on BPA, Despite Admission of 'Some Concern'
Date:1/15/2010

YONKERS, N.Y., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, expressed disappointment with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) failure to ban the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), despite announcing today that there is cause for concern over its potential effect on children. Consumers Union believes that that there is enough scientific evidence to date to warrant a ban on BPA in food contact products now.

"FDA's admission of concern with BPA is an encouraging change in its position and we hope it will lead to concrete protection for consumers. However, we are concerned that the new advice on reducing exposure puts the onus on consumers to protect themselves until such a ban is put in place," said Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of Technical Policy. "The scientific evidence is clear that BPA poses serious health risks, especially to children and the developing fetus. It is time for FDA and Congress to act quickly to ban this toxin from all food and beverage containers."

BPA—a chemical found in the linings of cans and in polycarbonate plastic, including some sports bottles, food-storage containers and baby bottles—has potential links to a wide range of health effects. The diseases and health effects to which BPA has been linked include an increased risk of diseases or disorders of the brain, reproductive and immune systems.

The FDA ruled last year trace amounts that leach out of bottles and food packaging are not dangerous. FDA officials then said they would revisit that conclusion after scientists complained it relied on a small number of industry-sponsored studies.

In 2008, the FDA said BPA was safe at the low levels used in plastic bottles and other food containers, in a draft report on the chemical. The stance differed from the National
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