Study Finds Data Gaps in FDA's Toxicity Testing

A new study published two days ago in the journal Reproductive Toxicology has found that the United States Food and Drug Administration's methods of determining chemical safety contains enormous data gaps. The study was conducted by researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Environmental Management Institute, Thomas G. Neltner, Heather M. Alger, Jack E. Leonard, and Maricel V.

FDA BPA Ban: Protecting Industry Interests?

Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration has passed legislation which seem, on the outset, to be victories for consumer welfare. Bisphenol A, a now widely recognized endocrine disruptor, was banned from baby formula packaging, recently joined by a limit of arsenic levels in apple juice. While it is welcome and long awaited legislation, Kristin Wartman of the Huffington Post Blog writes that the FDA's actions reflect government pandering to industry interests rather than genuine concern for the welfare of the constituents it claims to represent.

FDA Bans BPA in Infant Formula Packaging

After receiving a great deal of pressure from consumers and activist groups, the United States Food and Drug Administration has announced today that it is placing a ban on bisphenol A in infant formula packaging, a big step for BPA legislation in America.

Federal Ban on BPA in Food Packaging Introduced in Congress

With the emergence of a number of scientific studies emerge regarding the health effects of bisphenol A, the case for bisphenol A's elimination from food products grows ever stronger. Recent studies have connected the chemical to a myriad of health problems, largely related to hormonal disruptions, and in light of these overwhelming studies, the case for eliminating bisphenol A from the food system has made it to Congress at last.

Uncontrolled Chemicals Affect Daily Life, Officials Say

According to an article posted this weekend on the York Daily Record, a testimony was made before a Senate subcommittee in Philadelphia stating that ten newborn babies were just found to contain more than 200 chemicals in their blood, before they were even able to be affected by the air they breathed, food, or water.

Buyer Beware: Hidden Health Risks in Food

In an article authored by Margaret Cuomo, M.D., a discussion is raised regarding the safety of the foods consumers are presented with, and the omnipresent chemical known as bisphenol A. The article begins by announcing the recent defeat of bisphenol A by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but asks the question: how much of a victory is this achievement?

BPA Ban Leads to Harmful Substitution

An update from the American Nurses Association states that, while Bisphenol A has been banned by the US Food and Drug Administration, plastic products are still unsafe due to the substitution of the chemical Bisphenol S. Jerome Mayer writes that BPS is actually much more harmful than BPA, and can be absorbed up to 19 times more quickly. So, why is this happening? Why is the FDA continuing to use allow chemicals to enter human bodies? Mayer explains:

BPA-Free Baby Bottles Now Law, But We're Not in the Clear

In an extensive piece published on the Huffington Post Green site today, food writer Kristin Wartman discusses the recent legislation passed by the United States Food and Drug Administration banning bisphenol-A in baby bottles, and the political implications it has had. While bisphenol-A is no longer allowed to be used in baby products, there are a number of endocrine disruptors with similar properties that could be taking its place. Wartman writes that:

BPA Ban Not Enough

In response to the United States Food and Drug Administration's recent ban on the chemical bisphenol-A, a geneticist at Washington State University has declared that this ban gives the false impression that plastic bottles are now safe. The truth of the matter, says Patricia Hunt, is that a number of other endocrine disrupting chemicals are often used in lieu of BPA, and can be equally dangerous to individual health. Writes reporter Dave Cotton:

FDA Considers Ban on BPA in Infant Formula Containers

After months of battling with the United States Food and Drug Administration to ban the chemical bisphenol-A, a member of the House of Representatives has discovered a new tactic in lobbying the FDA which has been met with promising results. According to Dina ElBoghdady of the Washington Post, Representative Edward Markey (D- Mass.) has taken a different approach to requesting action from the FDA, calling upon a clause which allows people to petition for a ban of a particular substance if evidence can be shown that a majority of suppliers have stopped using the substance already.

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