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Bisphenol A: Study glut perplexes regulatory authorities

As the list of published studies on the potential health hazards associated with polycarbonate feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) lengthens, institutional health and environment watchdogs are becoming increasingly insecure about whether or not to regulate its use.

The US Environnmental Protection Agency (EPA; www.epa.gov), mulling such a move last October, now says it will hold back for now, pending consultations with other national institutions. The EUs food safety authority (EFSA; www.efsa.europa.eu), has begun preparing a new assessment of BPA, acting on a request by the European Commission. PlasticsEurope continues to stress that the science supports the safety of BPA.

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