Monday, December 1, 2008

Lawmakers to seek ban on BPA

Lawmakers to seek ban on BPA

Analysis of chemical leaching from food containers gets action in Washington, Madison

BPA, used to make baby bottles and the lining of metal food cans, including those containing infant formula, is tied to reproductive failures, breast cancer risk, diabetes and heart disease. A study last month found that it interferes with chemotherapy for breast cancer patients.

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration declared BPA to be safe. But it reopened its examination after a subcommittee of an advisory board found that the agency had ignored valuable studies.

Markey held up the Journal Sentinel results to bolster his criticism of the FDA.

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