North American canmakers back more research into BPA

November 3: Following a stinging criticism of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft assessment into the human health impact of Bisphenol-A, a chemical used in the manufacture of some can coatings, it is being “encouraged” by the North American canmaking industry to take a second look at a number of studies that were not considered.
Bisphenol-A (BPA), although cleared for food-contact packaging applications by the FDA and the European Food Safety Authority, has been increasingly drawn into the spotlight by groups who fear its impact on pregnant women and infants.
The FDA’s draft assessment in August was expected to provide a general clearance for the material. But the subsequent FDA Science Board BPA Subcommittee report questioned the process the FDA used to assess the chemical.
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