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Bisphenol-A: the American drug agency concerned about possible risk

Bisphenol-A (BPA): possible risk?
Bisphenol-A (BPA): possible risk?

The FDA, the American drug agency, said it is now concerned about possible health risks of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in plastic bottles and food containers that were declared safe in 2008.

"The results of recent studies using new approaches that detect more subtle effects of BPA cause concern among toxicologists about its potential effects on the brain and prostate of  fetuses and young children", said Saturday the website of the federal agency.

Extensive research is underway to "clarify uncertainties regarding the risks posed by BPA," says the FDA, which changes its position that affirms the safety of this chemical in spite of several studies which highlighted possible dangers."

"The earlier studies based on standard toxicity tests have so far confirmed the safety of BPA at low current levels, however," recalls the agency.

Pending the outcome of further ongoing studies on BPA, the FDA is taking several precautionary measures to reduce the presence of the chemical in food.

The FDA thus supports the initiative already taken in March 2009 by U.S. manufacturers to no longer use BPA in the manufacture of bottles and containers of baby food in the United States.

The agency also intends to facilitate the development of alternatives to reduce the presence of this substance in all food containers.


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