FDA Allays Concern Regarding Bisphenol Use in Baby Products

by Savitha C Muppala on Aug 16 2008 6:55 PM

Federal regulators have confirmed that the chemical used in plastic bottles, canned items and baby products is safe, allaying concerns of parents and consumer groups.

Scientists from the Food and Drug Administration explained that small amounts of bisphenol A , used for making break proof bottles and sealing canned food is not dangerous as it is made out to be. Minuscule amounts of Bisphenol, which has been in use for many years for packaging food, trickle out of food containers, but it did not pose a threat to infants or adults, the FDA confirmed.

This investigation was initiated by the FDA following a report by the federal National Toxicology Program which pointed to risks of bisphenol to health of infants and adults. The centres for disease control and prevention had also shown that 93% of Americans have traces of this chemical in their urine.

The F.D.A.’s report inferred that levels of this chemical found in the products were way below the danger mark for adults and children.

Yet, Canada and the United States have decided to impose a ban on the use of this chemical in baby bottles and children’s products. California, New Jersey and at least 10 other states are likely to follow suit.