Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Plastic Chemical Bisphenol A Linked to Health Problems

It seems that bisphenol A, the controversial chemical used in plastics, is not off the hook for health problems just yet. BPA, as it's known, is found in items including baby bottles and those ubiquitous water bottles used by hikers, and WebMD is reporting that for the first time that bisphenol A has been linked to health problems including diabetes and heart disease. The WebMD article above has more details on the study findings and the problems associated with bisphenol A.

Bisphenol A is used in polycarbonate plastic, a type of hard plastic that can be found in the lining of some canned goods as well as the water and baby bottles. The findings were published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and were presented Sept. 16th at a public hearing on bisphenol A held by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA took a lot of heat for concluding that BPA was safe and ignoring safety concerns that had been brought up, according to a report on the FDA meeting from WebMD.

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