The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday that BPA has been banned from baby bottles and sippy cups. While the verdict is still out on the controversial chemical known as bisphenol-A enough evidence was provided to the agency to make a calculated decision.
The decision to rule out BPA came after the U.S. chemical industry’s chief association, the American Chemistry Council asked the FDA to phase out rules allowing BPA in products. The agency pointed out that all manufacturers of bottles and sippy cups had already abandoned the chemical following safety concerns from the general public.
Under FDA rules only substances approved for human consumption are allowed in food based and food stored products.
BPA may soon be banned from various other products including canned food, food containers and water bottles thanks to new legislation submitted by several members of Congress. In the meantime chemical makers claims the plastic-hardening agent is safe for food and drink use.
Researchers have long claimed that ingesting BPA which is found in CDs, dental sealants, water bottles and other products can interfere with development of the reproductive and nervous systems, causing problem in babies and young children.
While dozens of studies have been performed on animals the FDA has stated on several occasions that those results can not be directly applied to humans. In the meantime the federal government is currently spending $30 million to study the effects of bisphenol-A.
90% of Americans have a trace of BPA in their urine, a consideration that likely helped the FDA ban the product in bottles and sippy cups.