Bisphenol A is safe - California government

16 July 2009 20:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--California government officials decided to keep bisphenol A (BPA) off a measure that would identify chemicals that could cause reproductive harm, sources said on Thursday.  

A committee of the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) voted to keep BPA off Proposition 65, leaving permissible BPA manufacturing and selling in the largest state economy in the US.  

BPA is a main ingredient in polycarbonate (PC), which is used in food and beverage containers.

Members of the committee did not immediately return calls for comment.

Studies have linked BPA to heart disease, cancer and developmental problems in humans. Exposure to BPA has also been linked to diseases in laboratory mice. Critics have argued that the studies depend on doses of BPA far above what is ingested by most people.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), which had filed a 49-page opinion on the proposition, applauded California’s decision.

"To extrapolate any effect from rodents to humans is tenuous," said ACC spokesman Stephen Hentges.

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By: Ben Lefebvre
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