17 October 2008 17:49 [Source: ICIS news]
The agency began the assessment in April after the US National Toxicology Program linked BPA, used to make polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins, to diabetes and developmental problems in feotuses and sparked a controversy over the chemical.
Since then, retailers pulled baby bottles and infant-formula containers containing PC and epoxy resins from their shelves while the US Congress called into question the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) judgment that BPA is safe, an assessment the European Union shares.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has called the fears unfounded, saying the amount of BPA most people ingest is too small to be detrimental. The trade group helped killed an effort by the California legislature to ban the use of the chemical in products for infants.
In September, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a report linking BPA to health problems in the adults.
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