Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, has created a big controversy over its safety for the last several years, however, a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration statement on BPA might change things. A study has revealed that the chemical is safe, but some experts aren’t convinced.

BPA, which can be found in some canned foods as well as plastic products, like water bottles, had been shown in previous studies to cause “reproductive toxicity” in women. The FDA’s new statement refers to the amount of BPA that people can safely be exposed to without causing harm. After a two-year study on the health effects of BPA, the FDA has now announced that the current guidelines stand and the exposure level they previously determined to be safe remains unchanged.

The study is part of a research program known as Consortium Linking Academic and Regulatory Insights on Bisphenol A Toxicity, or CLARITY-BPA. Although the FDA has stated that these results show that BPA has minimal effects, many scientists who are involved in the CLARITY project are concerned that these interim results might not reflect the final result as the study is only at its halfway point. The report also has yet to be peer-reviewed, a critical stage in all scientific research.

It sounds like it might be too soon to really know for sure whether or not BPA is safe. We’ll stay tuned for more.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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