FDA Agrees to Decide by March 2012 on Dangers of Bisphenol A
According to press reports, the Food and Drug Administration has settled a federal court case by agreeing to make a final decision by March 31, 2012, on whether to ban the use of bisphenol A in food and drink packaging. BPA is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic, which has been used in consumer products such as reusable water bottles and baby bottles and is also found in the protective linings of metal-based food and beverage cans.
The FDA expressed “some concern” about the use of BPA in food contact applications in January 2010 and launched an information gathering proceeding but has said little on the matter since then. The National Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit to force FDA to make a decision. Public interest groups believe BPA should be banned due to scientific research linking it with health problems, but business groups say “government regulatory bodies around the world” have consistently found that BPA is safe for use.