FDA Declines to Remove Bisphenol A From Food Packaging

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it will allow bisphenol A to remain in food packaging while it continues to study the effects of the chemical on human health and the environment. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a hormone-disrupting chemical used in the linings of beer and soda cans, vegetable and soup cans and in products such as reusable plastic water bottles.

Researchers have found that BPA, which is used to harden plastics, leaches from containers into food and beverages and has been linked to health problems, including cancer, reproductive dysfunction and heart disease.

“The agency has failed to protect our health and safety – in the face of scientific studies that continue to raise disturbing questions about the long-term effects of BPA exposures, especially in fetuses, babies and young children,” said Dr. Janssen. Despite steps taken around the world to eliminate the use of this toxic chemical in food and beverage packaging, the FDA continues to ignore safety concerns and allow BPA in the household products American families use every day.

BPA has been found in blood and urine of pregnant women, in the umbilical cord blood of newborns and in breast milk soon after women gave birth.  Which is all associated with a wide range of adverse health effects later in life, including breast cancer.

BPA exposure can also make non-cancerous breast cells grow and survive like cancer cells, and can actually make the cells less responsive to the cancer-inhibiting effects of tamoxifen, a drug used in the treatment of breast cancer. The bottom line is, BPA has been proven to be unsafe for humans and animals.  It is safe to say that we are all currently part of an uncontrolled human BPA experiment.


Title: FDA Declines to Remove Bisphenol A From Food Packaging

Publication: Environment News Service

Date of Pulication: April 2, 2012

URL: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2012/2012-04-02-091.html


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