Wednesday October 29, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- The Food
and Drug Administration failed to properly assess the potential safety risk
from the plastic chemical called bisphenol A or BPA, a report by a panel of FDA
The FDA said early in August that BPA is safe at current
exposure levels while the National Toxicology Program, a Department of Health
and Human Services agency, found that the chemical poses a risk to children.
The FDA scientific advisers said in their report that the
FDA staff only considered the industry-sponsored studies that found bisphenol A
is safe while ignoring others that found there was a risk at the current
FDA staff "considered, but rejected for various
reasons, a number of potentially relevant studies,'' a subcommittee of the FDA
Science Board said in the report, which will be reviewed by the full Science
Board on Oct 31.
FDA staff said, cited by bloomberg.com "the industry
studies met stricter scientific guidelines".
Canada has banned use of bisphenol A in food containers
due to its toxicity.
But the FDA said in a statement released along with the
panel's report that Canadian regulators acted "out of an abundance of
caution'' but acknowledged
"Health Canada's assessment of bisphenol A on newborns and infants up to
18 months of age concludes that exposure levels are below the levels that could
cause health effects.''
The BPA subcommittee chair is Dr. Martin Philbert, acting
director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan School of
Lawmakers have raised questions about ties between Dr.
Philbert and the chemical industry, because Representative Rosa DeLauro, a
Connecticut Democrat was cited by bloomberg.com was saying that the center received
grants of $15 million from Dow Chemical Co, a manufacturer of BPA.
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