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Bisphenol A: A Hot Topic at FDA, EPA, States, and the Courts

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., February 19, 2010

On January 15, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced that it has changed its position on the safety of bisphenol A (“BPA”) in food contact applications.  Previously, it had approved numerous polymers made from BPA as safe for their intended use in food and beverage containers.  Now FDA expresses “some concern” about the potential of BPA to leach from those polymers in harmful amounts and has commenced a comprehensive review and additional studies of the potential health risks that BPA may present.  Meanwhile, EPA is preparing an action plan to address BPA; states and localities continue to adopt bans on food contact materials made with BPA; and a federal court is reviewing some 50 BPA lawsuits.

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