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Panel: FDA failed in BPA assessment

October 30, 2008 by  

BPA is found in a range of plastic packagingThe Food and Drug Administration did not adequately address the potential risks of bisphenol A when assessing its safety, an independent panel of scientific experts has said.

Earlier this year, the FDA released a statement assuring Americans that the controversial chemical – used in plastic packaging and bottles – was safe at low levels, even for babies and children.

However, the panel of scientific experts has determined that the group’s judgment was flawed and did not take into account a number of studies that found evidence suggesting BPA was harmful.

For example, research conducted by the National Toxicology Program – part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – suggested that BPA could pose a risk to children.

"The margins of safety defined by FDA as ‘adequate’ are, in fact, inadequate," the report stated, according to the Association Press.

In a statement, the FDA said it was "moving forward" with a plan to conduct additional research into BPA, adding that it would "carefully evaluate the findings of these studies."

Earlier this month, Canada became the first country to ban BPA from baby bottles. Commenting on the decision, the FDA said it was made due to an "abundance of caution."

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  • Bob Livingston

    Once again the FDA is asleep at the wheel. 

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Joe

    The FDA was also asleep at the wheel when they approved a product called Protopic. After many patients got Lymphoma on the site where this product was used, they issued a black box warning. I had never heard of or seen a black box warning. My doctors never warned me that using this drug could cause Lymphoma. It was just a topical for use against contact dermatitis. Because of that warning the FDA protected the manufacturer not the patients. Now I will just have to live as long as I can with this disease. No lawyer will take my case. What a shame

  • Reason

    The FDA may be asleep at the wheel.  In any case, we need source of in-depth, science-based information reagarding BPA and potential health risks.

    E.G. – Specify whether all plastics containing BPA are dangerous, or whether certain uses are safe, such as 1) #7 Polycarbonate water cooler bottles and related individual size water bottles, 2) #7 polycarb. infant bottles, 3) foods canned in BPA-containing lined cans, etc…
    The news stories generally put out broad, non-specific scare pieces.  However, when I have contacted scientists at the EPA and NRDC, they have stated that water cooler polycarb. bottles are not of particular concern, but food can linings and the like are the particular applications of BPA-containing materials that they are concerned with.  Can you comment?

  • Don

    This is great! It is about time someone is holding the FDA accountable for their bad political or “purchased” decisions about unhealthy foods and food safety practices. Now it is time to take after the FDA and their acceptance of genetically modified food ingredients. Research has proven these items are unhealthy and infact risky to the public’s health. That’s why they are banned in most of the free world except this county. Companies like Monsanto are spending a lot of money to buy our government’s decisions and they are getting away with it at the expense of our health.


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