Ban BPA?

The FDA says not yet

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Stress. It's O.K., Boss. He Won't Bite.

At least for now, bisphenol-A (BPA), the plastic-hardening chemical at the top of consumer groups' hit list of harmful products, can remain in food packaging such as soda bottles and soup cans, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Rejecting a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban BPA in food packaging, the FDA maintains there is not enough scientific evidence that the chemical harms human health to support the request. In animal studies, BPA, which mimics the effects of the hormone estrogen and can disrupt normal growth and development, has triggered reproductive- and nervous-system disorders. More data on...

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