As we've been reporting, we've been waiting (and waiting) for the FDA to respond to a 2008 petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council to declare the toxic chemical BPA unsafe and ban it from food packaging. On the eve of the legal deadline, late this Friday afternoon, perhaps when the agency hoped for the least amount of media attention, the FDA announced it has rejected the petition. But the media is alert on this issue, and so are millions of concerned consumers.
This ABC story, which came out minutes after the announcement, explains:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it won't ban bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial chemical that is widely used in food packaging.
The agency rejected a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that called for a ban on BPA as an ingredient in food packaging saying in a statement the council didn't have the scientific data needed for the FDA to change current regulations on the chemical…
BPA has been under fire from advocacy groups including the NRDC and the Breast Cancer Fund. The groups claim there is ample evidence linking the chemical to health problems, particularly among fetuses, infants and young children. (Read the full story.)
Indeed, there is plenty of evidence showing harm–evidence that has been mounting for years and years. The public should be able to count on the FDA to take decisive action to protect everyone. The FDA needs to stop waiting for more and more evidence of harm and get BPA out of our food packaging.