It has just been announced that U.S. regulators are planning more research into a controversial chemical found in many plastic products, including baby bottles, indicating they have no immediate plans to curb bisphenol A. A letter signed by a Food and Drug Administration official stated that the agency planned “a large research effort,” with studies lasting years that will assess the effects of the chemical, also called BPA, in laboratory animals including rodents and monkeys.
Consumer advocates condemned the regulatory agency’s refusal to take steps now to curb the use of bisphenol A, a chemical used for decades to harden plastic products. “FDA is planning to conduct these studies in its laboratories using representative dose ranges and multiple animal models,” according to the letter signed by Norris Alderson, the FDA’s associate commissioner for science. This indicates that the issue of what to do regarding BPA will fall to the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to decide.