Study finds BPA in foods, FDA says there's no risk - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/3/09

Study finds BPA in foods, FDA says there's no risk

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - BPA has been an ongoing concern in baby bottles and plastics for some time. A new study in Consumer Reports says researchers used an independent lab to test 19 different foods and found measurable levels of BPA in all of them, from cans of soup and juice to green beans to corn and chili, even in cans that were already labeled "BPA free", and both sides of the issue are more angry than ever.    

"We know enough about babies and children's exposure to hormone disrupters to know that we should be protecting them as much as possible," says Mia Davis, with Clean Water Action.

BPA is a chemical used in plastic bottles and food-can liners.  It is approved by the FDA, but has been questioned because animal studies have linked it to abnormal reproductive development. 

"The European Union, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, separate studies by France, Germany, and Norway have all found no risk," said Trevor Butterfield, an Editor at STATS.org.

Now, baby bottle manufacturers have removed the chemical from bottles, but experts at Consumers Union say BPA should be eliminated from all materials that come in contact with any food.

Officials with the FDA agree that there is no risk, or at least that was the decision under the Bush administration.  Now, the agency under Obama is taking a second look and will have a decision on BPA's by the end of the month.

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