Expert Panel Says FDA Ignored Evidence when Calling BPA Safe
November 6, 2008
An expert panel of outside scientists appointed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Science Board has determined that the FDA ignored evidence when it concluded that a chemical found in baby bottles is safe. The chemical at issue is bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that makes plastic hard and shatterproof, and is used in thousands of consumer products, from baby bottles to CDs. Some studies suggest that BPA, which mimics the hormone estrogen, may be associated with problems such as early onset of puberty in women and behavioral problems, while other studies suggest BPA is safe.
The expert panel criticized the FDA for relying on three industry-sponsored studies in concluding that the levels of BPA in existing consumer products are safe. Additionally, the panel accused the FDA of purposely excluding certain other BPA studies from its analysis. The excluded studies suggest BPA could pose harm to children at levels at least 10 times lower than the amount the FDA said is safe. The expert panel further found that the FDA significantly underestimated the amount of BPA babies might ingest from several sources.
Another government agency, the National Toxicology Program, stated that the FDA’s safety decision regarding BPA was premature and that results from independent studies need to be considered before bringing out a safety decision related to BPA in baby bottles. Last month, the National Toxicology Program concluded that there is some evidence to show that unsafe levels of BPA alters brain development, prostrate and behavior in children and fetuses.
Parents who wish to avoid exposing their bottle-fed babies to BPA can use glass and other substitutes for polycarbonate plastic bottles, avoid heating formula in polycarbonate plastic bottles, and consult their pediatrician about switching to powdered infant formula.
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