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Last month the FDA came forward with statement about Bisphenol A (BPA) that was different from their normal take - they actually noted that it might be a danger. This was kind of a surprise move since throughout the years, as other people and organizations have voiced concerns about the need for strict bans on BPA the FDA has held strong that BPA poses no risk to humans.

Frankly when I read the FDA's statement last month, I felt it was pretty weak it seemed more like they were bowing to pressure and trying to please people vs. taking a stance. Still a lot of people were happy that the FDA is changing their tune. The FDA says...

Studies employing standardized toxicity tests have thus far supported the safety of current low levels of human exposure to BPA.  However, on the basis of results from recent studies using novel approaches to test for subtle effects, both the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.  In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA.

It seems like a decent approach - find some science, run some tests, make a decision, but it doesn't seem like a huge change in opinion to me. ALTHOUGH they are making a few positive changes in the meantime while they make up their mind.

For example they note: 

At this interim stage, FDA shares the perspective of the National Toxicology Program that recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.  FDA also recognizes substantial uncertainties with respect to the overall interpretation of these studies and their potential implications for human health effects of BPA exposure. In addition, FDA is supporting reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA, including actions by industry and recommendations to consumers on food preparation.  At this time, FDA is not recommending that families change the use of infant formula or foods, as the benefit of a stable source of good nutrition outweighs the potential risk of BPA exposure.

Their new recommendations for BPA include...
  • Supporting recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services for infant feeding and food preparation to reduce exposure to BPA.
  • Supporting the industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups for the U.S. market.
  • Facilitating the development of alternatives to BPA for the linings of infant formula cans.
  • Supporting efforts to replace BPA or minimize BPA levels in other food can linings.
  • Supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA.
  • They're seeking further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA.

Personally I'm not a BPA supporter but I'm waiting for them to take a position but I get too jolly about all this. I am glad more tests will be run since there's been too much back and fourth about BPA in the last few years.