FDA denies petition to ban chemical BPA

Chicago Tribune | March 30, 2012

U.S. health regulators denied a petition to ban a chemical used in water bottles, soup cans and other food and drink packaging that may cause harm to developing babies and young children.

The Food and Drug Administration said the petition to ban the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, did not provide the scientific evidence needed to change regulations.

BPA has been used for decades to harden plastic or make the epoxy resin that lines tin cans, but it can also leach into food and water from these protective coatings.

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