Groups Raise Questions About the Safety of Bisphenol A
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Sept. 16, 2008 — Researchers and environmental groups attacked the FDA for concluding that a widely used plastic ingredient is safe for humans, saying the agency ignored critical studies showing potential ill health effects.
The comments came at a hearing called by the FDA to examine the science around bisphenol A (BPA). The chemical is used in hard plastic products, including some baby and water bottles, and is also used to line metal food cans.
A growing number of advocacy groups and some members of Congress have called on regulators to ban bisphenol A.