fda rejects bpa ban - polycarbonate
The U. S.
The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmental activists that will ban plastics
Intensive chemical double phenolA (BPA)
According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, all foods and beverages are packaged, including plastic bottles and canned foods.
To prevent contamination and deterioration, the vast majority of cans are still sealed with a resin containing BPA. Canned-
Food manufacturers have been using this chemical since the 1950 s and this practice has been approved by the FDA.
According to the chemical industry, double phenol a is the safest and most effective closed agent.
The agency said on Friday that the petitioner did not provide convincing scientific evidence to prove that
Although federal scientists continue to work on the issue, controversial chemicals, often referred to as BPA, are known.
The petition of the Committee on the protection of natural resources is the latest action of the public
Safety advocates urge regulators to take action on this chemical, which exists in everything from CDs to canned food to dental sealant.
About Americans have BPA in their bodies, mainly because it is discharged from food and beverage containers.
Some scientists believe exposure to BPA can damage the reproductive and nervous systems, especially in infants and young children, and can lead to cancer and other diseases.
They pointed out the results of dozens of BPA studies conducted in rodents and other animals.
But the FDA reiterated in its response that these findings could not be applied to humans.
The research cited by NRDC is often too small to reach a conclusion, the agency said.
In other cases, they asked researchers to inject BPA into animals, while humans consumed the chemical over a longer period of time through diet.
The agency also said that humans metabolize and eliminate BPA much faster than mice and other laboratory animals.
There are steps you can take if you want to be proactive in avoiding the use of BPA.
Women who are pregnant or believe to be pregnant need to avoid canned food and bottled water. Do some research and you can find the manufacturers who have already started to switch to alternatives.
Heinz is reported to have used BPA
ConAgra and General Mills say they have turned to alternative sealant for some canned tomatoes.
Many plastic beverage bottles now have labels that say they are BPA-free.
Use glass or plastic containing polyethylene and polycarbonate.
Specifically, in baby bottles, this is a good practice to avoid further exposure of children to BPA.
Wash polycarbonate products by hand.
Plastic containing this particular chemical is released faster during the harsh washing process of the dishwasher.
This plastic treatment may speed up the BPA leakage process.
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