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FDA says BPA exposure is safe

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA concludes the current levels of bisphenol A - a chemical in the container liners of prepared liquid infant formula - that transfer to foods and are absorbed by children are "safe," according to a draft report released Aug. 14. Based on published risk assessments, the agency estimates BPA exposure from food contact materials in infants is less than half the established level for no observed adverse effect. Some scientists, physicians and children's health advocates "expressed outrage" with the agency's conclusion, according to a release from the Center for Health Environment and Justice. Dissenters say FDA relies on two studies funded by the American Chemical Council and ignores dozens of other studies that highlight risks. FDA, however, says that limits in study design and data quality are insufficient to lower the current NOAEL for BPA. Michigan Democrats John Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Bart Stupak asked FDA to reconsider BPA safety in infant formulas in April (1"The Tan Sheet" April 21, 2008, In Brief)

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