Here's government in action... today the National Toxicology Program released a statement and a report that suggests that parents might want to reduce infants' exposure to products containing bisphenol A, such as polycarbonate baby bottles. Remember, this comes just a few months after the Food and Drug Administration took the opposite approach, with testimony to Congress that BPA is safe. When FDA came out with its statement, I was surprised by the amount of press converage it generated. After all, FDA wasn't really saying anything new -- the agency has said all along that BPA is safe. Now the National Toxicology Program is publicly contradicting FDA. Here's NTP's advice to parents:
More research is clearly needed to understand exactly how these findings relate to human health and development, but at this point we can't dismiss the possibility that the effects we're seeing in animals may occur in humans. If parents are concerned, they can make the personal choice to reduce exposures of their infants and children to BPA.With the release of this report, you can expect to see BPA in the mainstream media again, like this story posted today from USA Today. And expect to see a lot of very confused consumers.