EPA: Bisphenol A Is a ‘Chemical Concern’

By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

The Environmental Protection Agency will add the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) to its ”chemical concern” list due to potential environmental effects.

BPA is found in a range of products, including plastic bottles, liners of food cans, feeding cups, and some baby bottles (although several baby bottle manufacturers have stopped using it).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an action plan this week that focuses on the environmental effects of the chemical.

The action by the EPA follows an FDA announcement in January about concerns over BPA’s potential impact on human health; the FDA said it will study the potential effects along with measures to reduce exposure to BPA in food packaging.

Some experts are concerned that exposure to BPA and its weak estrogen-like effects during critical periods of human development may be associated with a wide range of health problems, including behavioral effects, reproductive problems, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

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