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FDA Continues to Allow Potential Toxin in Food Packaging

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FDA Continues to Allow Potential Toxin in Food Packaging

Four years ago, the National Resources Defense Council made packaging news when it advised the Food and Drug Administration to ban a potentially dangerous material.

However, the FDA recently rejected the petition to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in food packaging, as the agency claims there is no compelling scientific evidence convincing it to create new restrictions on the toxin, The Huffington Post reports.

BPA has been linked to miscarriage, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, early puberty and erectile dysfunction, among other issues. Instead of banning the chemical, the FDA offers guides on its website advising parents to limit their children's exposure to the chemical.

"We believe FDA made the wrong call," Sarah Janssen, senior scientist at the National Resource Defense Council, said in a statement, according to a separate article in The Huffington Post. "The agency has failed to protect our health and safety­ in the face of scientific studies that continue to raise disturbing questions about the long-term effects of BPA exposures."

U.S. chemical companies are fighting for the toxin to remain as part of the packaging process.