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FDA questions use of potentially dangerous lining used in food containers

Posted On Wed, January 20, 2010

The use of Bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used to line many plastic bottles and metal cans that hold food since the 1960s, is being questioned by the Food and Drug Administration after a new study that raises questions about its effects on the human body.

In a recent update on their website, the FDA stated that it agreed with the results of a study from the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health.

In the study, which performed toxicity tests on BPA, a conclusion was reached that there was "some concern" about the effects the chemical had on brain behavior, the prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.

The FDA also supported that "reasonable steps" be taken to keep BPA lined products away from children, while also supporting industry actions to stop producing BPA lined products and create alternative linings.

Frederick vom Saal, a scientist for the University of Missouri, added that BPA has raised so much concern in recent years that Japan had taken action to keep it away from the public on a regular basis.

"The Japanese industry voluntarily removed BPA from can linings 10 years ago and thus, were able to reduce exposure to BPA by 50 percent," vom Saal told ScienceDaily.com.

While there is no timeframe on when, or if, more medical information will be know about the effect of BPA on the human body, having the appropriate health insurance coverage will help deal with the costs in case the commonly-used chemical does have detrimental effects on the body.

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