2 Democrats push
new FDA to review BPA safety
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two
Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to
reconsider its conclusion that a much-debated chemical used in baby bottles
and food containers is safe for infants.
The FDA ruled last
year that trace amounts of bisphenol-A, or BPA, that leach out of bottles
and food packaging are not dangerous. But the agency's own advisers faulted
the report for relying on a small number of industry-sponsored studies.
In a letter to new FDA
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Reps. Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak ask the
agency to review that conclusion. Waxman chairs the powerful House Energy
and Commerce Committee.
want restrictions on BPA because it mimics the effects of the hormone
estrogen, potentially interfering with young, growing bodies.