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Health Agencies Update
February 24, 2010

Bisphenol A Update

JAMA. 2010;303(8):722. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.163

Reversing a previous assessment that found little human health risk associated with bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastic products, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has joined with the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in expressing “some concern” about the potential risks this additive may pose to infants and young children.

Bisphenol A is used in such products as baby bottles and food can linings. In a 2008 report, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) concluded that animal studies raise concern that low-level exposure to this estrogen mimic may cause neurological and behavioral changes in fetuses, infants, and children (http://cerhr.niehs.nih.gov/chemicals/bisphenol/bisphenol-eval.html). An FDA risk assessment also released in 2008 found no reason for concern but was criticized for including mostly industry-funded studies and excluding newer data included in the NTP report.

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