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USFDA to decide BPA ban in food packaging by 31 March

FBR Staff Writer Published 07 March 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to ban the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in all food packaging by 31 March. BPA is an industrial chemical that causes reproductive and fetal development problems, prostate and several other cancers.

According to Endocrine-Related Cancer Journal, BPA was found in the urine of 93% of Americans, reported Forbes.

Last month, France voted to ban the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in all food packaging and the law will come into effect on 1 January 2014.

In 2008, a lawsuit was filed against the FDA by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), urging the agency to ban the use of BPA in food packaging.

After baby bottles warmed in microwaves were found to release the chemical into milk, use of BPA in bottle was banned by the European Union and Turkey in 2008. Canada banned the chemical in bottles in 2007 and the canning companies in Japan replaced its BPA resin can liners.

In the US, several states such as Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington, Maryland, Wisconsin, Vermont and New York have enacted laws at state level against the use of the chemical in infant bottles.