Bisphenol A, a chemical component used in making baby bottles and other food containers, could be linked to hormone and neurological problems, a US panel has warned.
The Health Department's National Toxicology Program (NTP) said in its preliminary report released Tuesday on Bisphenol A that: "there is some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children, at current human exposures."
"The NTP also has some concern for Bisphenol A exposure in these populations based on effects in the prostate gland, mammary gland, and an earlier age for puberty in females," the report added.
But "these studies only provide limited evidence for adverse effects on development, and more research is needed to better understand their implications for human health," it said.
Still "because these effects in animals occur at Bisphenol A exposure levels similar to those experienced by humans, the possibility that Bisphenol A may alter human development cannot be dismissed," it stressed.
The chemical is common in containers used for food such as baby bottles, dishes and food storage containers meant for microwave use.
The NTP includes scientists with the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration and NIH (National institutes of Health).