Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Two Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its conclusion that a much-debated chemical used in baby bottles and food containers is safe for infants.
The FDA ruled last year that trace amounts of bisphenol-A, or BPA, that leach out of bottles and food packaging are not dangerous. But the agency's own advisers faulted the report for relying on a small number of industry-sponsored studies.
In a letter to new FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Reps. Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak ask the agency to review that conclusion. Waxman chairs the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Consumer advocates want restrictions on BPA because it mimics the effects of the hormone estrogen, potentially interfering with young, growing bodies.