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FDA Backtracks on BPA Stance

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The FDA has recently announced a warning concerning the safety of BPA. This backtracks over the FDA’s previous position that BPA was not harmful. Although they’re not committing to the position that BPA is harmful to humans, recent studies have apparently shown the subtle effects of low doses of BPA in lab animals. This has been enough for federal health officials to express some concern. This new stance more or less aligns the FDA with findings issued by the National Toxicology Program. In their 2008 report they state that there is “some concern” for BPA’s “effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland, in developing fetuses, infants and children.” BPA is often used in reusable food containers. It is also used in epoxy resins, often times lining cans to maintain the quality of food and beverages.