The battle over BPA rages on, ABC News and Time magazine report. The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a petition by environmental groups to ban the chemical bisphenol A, saying that there is not enough scientific evidence that it causes harm in humans, ABC News reports.
However, the FDA says it would "continue to review the safety of BPA," according to the ABC News report.
The request by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) had asked for a ban on BPA in packaging, containers and other materials likely to come in contact with food, Time reports. The NRDC cited "emerging human research" for the possible links between BPA exposure and altered toddler behavior, miscarriage, diabetes and a long list of other health problems, according to the ABC News report.
The FDA says it has "taken reasonable steps" to reduce the exposure of BPA, citing its support of "industry's actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant-feeding cups ... and developing alternatives to the linings of infant formula cans," as quoted in the ABC News article.
In other news, prenatal exposure to the chemical BPA could predispose daughters to breast cancer, according to a recent animal study. The findings, published in the journal Molecular Endocrinology, showed that BPA alters mammary gland development in female lab rat pups.
A component of plastic, BPA has been found in 90 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Time report. While the study isn't conclusive for humans, the researchers recommend that pregnant and nursing women avoid eating food from plastic containers or from cans, most of which are lined with plastic resin made with BPA.
In response to the FDA's reponse, many advocacy groups are hailing "moms on a mission" as one of the biggest forces behind the drive to ban BPA. "They are using the power of social media to influence policy on an issue they are passionate about," according to the ABC News article.
Check out our Common Chemical No-No page for ways to minimize your BPA exposure as a mom-to-be (and your entire family)!
—Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.