Pressure Builds on FDA to Ban BPA in Food Packaging
Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been slowly disappearing from toys, food packaging and food service items since it was revealed to have health risks including cancer, sexual dysfunction, and heart disease. The issue is particularly important for children, as BPA levels--detectable in the blood and urine of pregnant women, and in the umbilical cord blood of infants--is believed to impact fetal and child development alike.
The FDA has previously stipulated that BPA carries health risks, but has stopped short of banning it saying that it is safe in small doses.
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