"FDA Rejects Petition To Ban BPA in Food Packaging"

"The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it was denying a petition to ban BPA from all food and drink containers, saying the science does not show an immediate cause for such action. However, the federal agency cautioned that this ruling does not declare bisphenol A, or BPA, as safe. The agency says it is continuing its assessment of the chemical, which is used in the lining of most canned food and drinks."

"Friday's action comes as a response to a petition filed in 2008 by the Natural Resources Defense Council claiming that the chemical poses a serious threat to human health.

"The FDA denied the NRDC petition today because it did not provide the scientific evidence needed to change current regulations, but this announcement is not a final safety determination and the FDA continues to support research examining the safety of BPA," said FDA spokesman Douglas Karas."

Meg Kissinger reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 30, 2012.


"Ban on BPA? FDA Says No" (AP)

"FDA Decides Not To Ban BPA in Food Packaging" (Los Angeles Times)

"U.S. Denies Request to Ban Chemical in Food Packaging" (Bloomberg)

"FDA Rejects Request From Consumer Group To Eliminate BPA From Food Packaging" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog)

"FDA 'Wrong' Not To Ban BPA, Health Advocates Say" (Huffington Post)

"FDA Denies Ban on Chemical BPA Used in Baby Bottles, Food Packaging" (Reuters)

FDA Background on BPA


Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/02/2012