FDA weighing ban on chemical BPA

John Dimsdale Mar 23, 2012

Stacey Vanek Smith: Next week, the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to ban the chemical BPA from all food and drink containers.

John Dimsdale reports.

John Dimsdale: The Natural Resources Defense Council first petitioned for a BPA ban three years ago, on concerns about the chemical’s effect on brain development in fetuses and babies. And NRDC scientist Sarah Janssen says more recent studies point to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Sarah Janssen: The new science continues to be compelling and has not diminished our conviction that a hormonally active chemical such as BPA has no place in our food supply. 

Most baby bottle makers have abandoned BPA. The European Union, Canada and around 10 states restrict its use in containers for baby food and drink.

Steve Hentges: Not because of science, but strictly based on an abundance of precaution.

Dr. Steve Hentges is with the American Chemistry Council, a trade group. He says researchers around the world have:

Hentges: Come to the same conclusion that it is safe for use in these products, so there really isn’t any reason to ban it.

Although, bans by other countries will trim exports of U.S. products that are packaged with BPA.

In Washington, I’m John Dimsdale for Marketplace.

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