The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationannounced Friday that it will not ban the use of bisphenol A, also known as BPA, in food packaging.
[For the record: In an earlier version of this post, the Natural Resources Defense Council was misidentified as the National Resources Defense Council.]
In a 12-page letter,David H. Dorsey, FDA acting associate commissioner for policy and planning, wrote that the the Natural Resources Defense Council, which had petitioned the agency to change its regulations on use of the chemical, had not provided sufficient scientific evidence to change the current regulations.
At the same time, FDA spokesman Douglas Karas noted that "this is not a final safety determination on BPA."
BPA is used in plastic bottles, the linings of cans and on cash register receipts. It can disrupt the endocrine system, so health officials — not to mention environmentalists — are concerned that it may cause reproductive problems, diabetes and other health problems.