17 July 2012 23:03 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics used to make baby bottles and sippy cups, the agency said on Tuesday.
“The action is in response to a food additive petition filed by the American Chemistry Council [ACC] asserting that the use of BPA to make baby bottles and infant training cups has been abandoned by the industry manufacturers,” said FDA spokesman Curtis Allen. “The industry has stated publicly that it has abandoned its use in response to consumer preference.”
“The agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food,” Allen added.
The ACC said it asked the FDA to no longer allow the controversial plastics additive in such products in order to “bring certainty to the marketplace that BPA is no longer in these products”.
"Although governments around the world continue to support the safety of BPA in food contact materials, confusion about whether BPA is used in baby bottles and sippy cups had become an unnecessary distraction to consumers, legislators and state regulators," said Steven Hentges of the ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
Groups have raised concerns about the health and environmental affects of BPA. Some studies have linked the chemical to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver enzyme abnormalities.
The FDA in March denied a request by environmentalists to ban BPA from use in food containers of any kind, saying there was insufficient scientific evidence to warrant such a restriction.
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