FDA says that bisphenol A in food is safe, despite controversy

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 26 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1429
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The head of the US Food and Drug Administration, Andrew von Eschenbach, has told consumers that they should not stop using plastic products such as water bottles because they contain the chemical bisphenol A. But in future they would see messages on plastic water bottles saying that they are “BPA free.”

    Writing in his “Andy’s Take” column on the FDA website on 15 August, he acknowledged that “you are now hearing that bisphenol A—or BPA—in plastic products might affect hormones in development” ( But he said that the FDA’s review of the evidence did not indicate that people should stop using the products.

    Nevertheless the FDA will …

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