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FDA’s science board says the plastics chemical bisphenol A gives reason for concern

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2404 (Published 06 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2404
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The US Food and Drug Administration has been criticised by its full science board regarding the risks to health from bisphenol A and was told to reconsider the safety of the chemical, which is used to harden plastic in baby bottles and is found in the linings of tin cans and other consumer products.

    The board supported a report of its subcommittee that raised concerns about the chemical. It said the FDA had made a number of errors. It had:

    • Ignored animal studies that found health risks from the chemical and that were considered useful in a review carried out by the US National Toxicology Program

    • Relied on tests …

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