21 Apr '12, 12pm

An Aerial View of BPA: Where Are We Since the Rejected Ban?

BPA is the chemical that just won’t melt back into the background--too many people have chosen sides on the issue. It’s a controversial industrial chemical that has been used since the 1960‘s and is found in epoxy resins that act as a protective lining in metal-based cans. It’s also used to make hard plastic known as polycarbonate. The FDA is unwilling to go for what Marian Nestle calls the ““precautionary principle” when it comes to banning BPA which became evident on March 30 when they denied a petition from the National Resources Defense Council to ban BPA from all food packaging. FDA Claims Insufficient Evidence The agency had a number of reasons for rejecting the ban, first concluding that cited studies were too small with inappropriate statistical analysis and failure to establish relevance to human health. The FDA says that it will continue to review emerging studie...

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