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Environmental Organization Sues FDA For Slow Response To BPA Ban

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. FDA for failing to respond to the group's petition to ban BPA.

Soup cans are among the products in which BPA is used.

Photo: stevendepolo (flickr)

BPA is used in liquid infant formula cans, beverage cans, fruit and vegetable cans, pizza boxes, baby bottles, sippy cups, and reusable water bottles.

A prominent environmental action group, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for neglecting to respond to its petition to ban bisphenol A (BPA).

The FDA has 90 days to repsond to such petitions. After a 20-month wait, the Natural Resources Defense Council is asking for legal intervention from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

BPA is a common chemical used in food and beverage containers that mimics estrogen. Scientists believe BPA may have negative health consequences for children and fetuses.

A recently published study also linked BPA to erectile dysfunction.

More on BPA (from Earth Eats):

Read More:

  • Enviro Group Sues to Force BPA Ban in Food Packaging (New York Times)
  • Group sues FDA over inaction on BPA ban request (Journal Sentinel)
  • Study links BPA in plastics to erectile dysfunction (CNN)
Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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