CA Misses the Mark on BPA

A California panel decided that there wasn't enough scientific evidence to support a full BPA ban. (Photo: Syda Productions/Shutterstock)

The fight to ban the use of BPA in baby products suffered a minor setback last week as California regulators voted not to add BPA to a list of chemicals that are believed to cause reproductive harm. BPA (or bisphenol-A) is used to harden plastics or line food containers, so it is found in a number of children's products like baby bottles, teething rings, and even the lining of metal formula cans. But the chemical has also been linked to a number of health problems, including reproductive disorders.

Dozens of parents, environmental advocates, and scientists spoke at the hearing, offering hours of testimony to urge the panel to list BPA under Proposition-65, so that warning labels would be added to foods and products that contain BPA. But the panel, comprised of seven physicians, unanimously decided that there was not enough scientific evidence to include BPA under the Proposition-65 regulation.

Dr. Carl Keen, a member of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, the body that voted Wednesday, urged people in attendance to understand that the panel's decision would not be the last word on BPA. Keen said the board turned down listing secondhand smoke when it first came up for a vote, saying science at that time was unclear as well. Keen said a month after that vote, a new study provided the panel with the evidence it needed to list secondhand smoke under Proposition 65.

via Chicago Tribune