Further calls for BPA free infant food packaging
Source of Article: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/Further-calls-for-BPA-free-infant-food-packaging
By Jane Byrne, 25-Feb-2009
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should
ban Bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products and
food containers, and has enough scientific data to support such a move,
claims the Consumers Union (CU).
The demand from the
not for profit organisation follows the update the FDA
gave to its Science Board yesterday regarding its ongoing safety review of
the packaging chemical.
According to the CU,
the FDA tacitly acknowledged the serious health concerns regarding BPA
at Tuesday’s public hearing.
BPA is used in certain
packaging materials such as polycarbonates for baby food bottles. It is also
used in epoxy resins for internal protective linings for canned food and
The FDA said it is
planning to analyze and conduct a series of studies to determine how BPA
“The Consumers Union
(CU) is glad that FDA will be conducting more studies, however it is clear
the agency is still trying to determine if exposure limits are appropriate,” said Dr Urvashi Rangan, senior
scientist and policy analyst at the CU.
He maintains that the
FDA should act immediately to protect high risk populations, such as children
and babies, while it gathers more data on BPA.
BPA level in blood
In addition, the CU
has called on the FDA to make public all testing information on BPA and the
organisation also encouraged the agency to do more bio-monitoring of blood
levels of the packaging chemical in people.
The FDA's assessment of BPA has been criticised by scientists
and US lawmakers.
Last year, the agency
claimed the packaging chemical was safe at current levels in consumer
products but it used industry-funded reports to support this assessment.
community argued that the FDA, in its review of the chemical, should have
also included independent studies that raise uncertainties in regard to the
potential effects of low dose exposure to BPA in humans, in particular
Baby bottle ban
Canada banned the use of BPA
in the manufacture of baby bottles in 2008, a move which FDA officials have
described as overly cautious.
The FDA has repeatedly
said that it cannot just follow Canada in this regard but instead
must reach its own conclusions regarding the packaging chemical's safety.
Meanwhile bills are
currently under consideration in the US
states of Washington, Minnesota
that aim to ban the use of BPA in products aimed at children under the age of
Last week, retailers,
can manufacturers, seafood processors and other business groups testified
against the proposed Washington
state ban, saying that the use of BPA in food and drink containers is safe.