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BPA: Long-awaited FDA review is published

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA, www.fda.gov) published its long-awaited latest review of bisphenol A (BPA) on 15 January 2010. For the first time, it expressed "some concern” about the health effects of the chemical used in polycarbonate production and in epoxy resin can liners, but did not mandate immediate action.

FDA pledged to support manufacturers of baby bottles and infant feeding cups in finding BPA-free materials and facilitate development of alternatives for lining of infant formula cans as well as minimising BPA levels in other food can linings. It also supported "a shift to a more robust regulatory framework.”

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