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FDA Petition: BPA is Not OK in NH

October 22, 2008

Concord, NH – A serving of estrogen with a can of soup, a baby bottle or toddler's "sippy cup" is a serving too much, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The environmental watchdog group has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban a chemical that was originally developed to mimic estrogen.

Today, Bisphenol A (BPA) is commonly found in metal can linings and clear polycarbonate plastic. NRDC Health Scientist Dr. Sarah Janssen says, 93 percent of people have it in their bodies, and it's most dangerous to babies and young children.

"BPA has been associated with reproductive abnormalities, prostate and breast cancer, neurological damage, insulin resistance and diabetes, and cardiovascular disease."

Canada has recently classified BPA as toxic and ordered it removed from baby bottles. Janssen says scientists have known for about 15 years about the toxic properties of BPA in animals.

"And in just the last year or so, we're starting to have a lot more evidence that the same problems we're finding in animals are being associated with BPA exposure in humans."

Janssen says the trick for anyone trying to avoid BPA is that it is not listed on labels. Two industry-funded studies cited by the FDA have concluded that BPA is safe. However, the federal government's National Toxicology Program has found that BPA is a threat at lower levels than those the FDA has deemed safe.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - NH