Despite pressures from environmental and public health groups, the FDA, after being ordered by a judge to respond to a petition from The Natural Resources Defense Council, has decided not to ban the chemical. They claim they are still reviewing the science, and currently have no reason to believe BPA poses any health risk to the public.
BPA is everywhere: in metal cans, plastic containers and bottles, even on grocery store receipts. According to GOOD, the FDA supports BPA-free sippy cups and baby products, but is "not convinced that the levels of BPA that actually make it into human bloodstreams should worry us." The NRDC strongly disagrees, and plans to continue warning individuals to stay away from BPA. As senior scientist Dr. Sarah Janssen said in a statement: "The FDA is out-of-step with scientific and medical research... This illustrates the need for a major overhaul of how the government protects us against dangerous chemicals."
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