“A scientific panel has issued a blistering report against the Food and Drug Administration, saying the agency ignored important evidence in reassuring consumers about the safety of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A,” wrote Tara Parker-Pope, “Panel Rebukes F.D.A. on Plastic Safety,” the New York Times. BPA is used to make plastic water and baby bottles and in the lining of soft drinks and canned food products.
“The panel . . . did not draw any conclusions about the safety of the chemical, known as BPA. But it criticized the F.D.A. for ignoring crucial studies and using what it said were flawed methods in reaching its conclusions.”
“In its statement, the F.D.A. said consumers should know that ‘based on all available evidence, the present consensus among regulatory agencies in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan is that current levels of exposure to BPA through food packaging do not pose an immediate health risk to the general population, including infants and babies.’”