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Stop using BPA in food grade containers, says Blumenthal

Formula container and baby bottle manufacturers numbering 11 have been sent a letter directing them to stop usage of bisphenol A or BPA in the manufacture of containers and bottles as it is harmful for the infants by the New Jersey and Delaware Attorney Generals and Richard Blumenthal, the Attorney General from Connecticut.

This ban is not endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration, which was criticized by Blumenthal, which stated that in spite of evidence suggesting safety concerns on usage of containers containing BPA, FDA is refusing to act.

FDA is acting according to a couple of controversial studies conducted by the industry disproving that BPA was harmful in any way. A report on says industry has not so far heeded any warning from scientists.

Laura Tarantino who heads the food additive safety office of FDA says tentatively they have concluded that BPA is safe and there was no move to recommend any change.

BPA is a hardening agent for plastics. Polycarbonate plastics are transparent and widely used in making beverage and food containers. But results from more studies are raising concerns about the safety of BPA which could harm infants and fetuses.

Blumenthal has accused the Federal Food and Drug administration of being deliberately resistant to concrete evidence that this product could be extremely harmful to infants.

According to earlier studies, BPA could harm infant’s brain, immune and reproductive system. Latest studies reveal that use of BPA could result in conditions like diabetes, malfunction of the liver, heart disease, etc.

Blumenthal says it is intolerable that nothing is being done about preventing release of toxic chemicals directly into the food we consume.

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