FDA: Chemical in Bottles Not Harmful

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A chemical found in some bottling products and food wrappings is causing debate over consumer safety.

It's called BPA or bisphenol A, and several groups are questioning whether or not its presence in plastic baby bottles and food packaging are actually safe.

FDA maintains that the plastic does not contain harmful levels of chemical for humans. But other research studies have come to a different conclusion.

Many scientists are saying that BPA found in plastic bottles and food packaging present health risks to consumers. Some say it causes "reproductive and hormone-related problems." Analysts have used various assessments, including urine analyses on surveys conducted.

The Journal of the American Medical Association asserts that with the possibility of such health risks, the findings of these studies "deserve scientific follow-up." They have found, through their survey, that there was a greater threat of heart disease and diabetes.

Toxicology specialists with the government just compiled a new report from the data in previous animal studies. The findings do not show a direct proof that the BPA chemical causes health complications, but cited "some concern" about the likelihood that it will affect the brains of young people, babies, and the unborn.

Restrictions on BPA usage are being reviewed in many states. Manufacturers are trying to get a jump on marketing the BPA-free bottles and other products. Retailers are likewise responding, closing out stock on certain baby items that contain the chemical.

The European union declares products safe even when they contain the chemical. By contrast, Canada is proposing a complete shutdown on selling the plastic BPA-inclusive baby bottles as a safety measure.

Sources: Associated Press, ABC News

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