February 5: By declining to insist that all studies into bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical used for making epoxy phenolic can coatings, should be held to the same high standard of quality and reproducibility, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could be taking a path from which it cannot return.

It means that almost any kind of ‘research’, no matter how unscientific, could be adopted to question the use of food-contact chemicals.

That’s the view of Dr John Rost, chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA), which represents the interests of canmakers. Writing in the latest edition of NAMPA News he questions the FDA’s recent update on its approach to research into BPA.

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