U.S. Food and Drug Administration Rejects Request to Ban BPA in Packaging
The American Chemistry Council (ACC), a lobbying group for the plastics industry which produces $8 billion in BPA annually, applauded the decision. ""FDA's decision today, which has taken into consideration the best available science, again confirms that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials, as it has been approved and used safely for four decades," Steven G. Hentges of the ACC.
Laws regulating BPA vary from state-to-state as well as internationally. In 2011, legislators in Maine and California passed bills banning the chemical's use in certain classes of products, and countries such as Canada, France and Japan have all prohibited its use or voluntarily phased it out. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has said it sees no reason to limit the chemical, and countries like Australia and U.K. have said they will not ban BPA.
The FDA stated that is most recent ruling is not a final decision, and that it will reopen the case if and when more evidence is presented.