FDA Reconsiders BPA Stance

12.30.08 Federal agency to re-examine safety of chemical in baby bottles


Facing a rising tide of studies about the safety of bisphenol-A, the Food and Drug Administration has decided to revisit the issue once again, The New York Times reports. The re-examination, announced earlier this month, will include "a large research effort" with years-long studies, Reuters reports.

In August, the FDA announced that the use of BPA (as the chemical is also known) was safe. BPA is found in plastic baby bottles, food containers and metal can linings. But there's a rising concern that BPA could have harmful effects on the development of the prostate, brain and behavioral changes in fetuses, infants and children, The NYT reports.

The FDA's current stance on BPA maintains that there's an adequate margin of safety in the present human exposure to the chemical. (In 2007, the FDA directly responded to FIt Pregnancy's request for its most updated position on BPA use.) Makers of BPA say that the chemical poses no known risk to human health. However, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in 2007 found 93 percent of participants had BPA in their urine.

If you're thinking of going green, opportunities abound to make the move for you and your family. Check out our Clean House section for various tips on how to make your housekeeping eco-friendly, plus the five things you should avoid using or doing around the house. Also, some manufacturers have started phasing out baby bottles and other children's plastic products containing BPA, instead introducing BPA-free items.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.