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New reported risks add to concern about bisphenol A in plastics

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1766 (Published 24 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1766
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    New worries about a chemical found in many plastic food containers were raised by a report in JAMA and an accompanying editorial (2008;300:1303-10, doi:10.1001/jama.300.11.1303).

    The study attracted much media attention. It followed a report by the Food and Drug Administration last month that said that the chemical was safe (BMJ 2008;337:a1429) and a report in April by another US government agency, the National Toxicology Program, that raised concerns about the chemical.

    Bisphenol A is used to make polycarbonate plastic food and drink containers, such as baby bottles. It is also used in the lining of aluminium cans, in dental sealants to prevent decay, in “carbonless” paper for receipts, and in other household …

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