Government to focus on new plastics chemical studies

February 1, 2010

The United States is to conduct new research into the potential health effects of the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which had been used in baby bottles and other food and beverage containers, according to health officials

The United States plans to conduct new research into the potential health effects of the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which had been used in baby bottles and other food and beverage containers, according to health officials.

The latest research will investigate any potential environmental health risks to children, according to Deputy Health and Human Services Secretary Bill Corr.

The FDA also has revised its stance on BPA, noting that the agency supports a 2008 assessment by US government toxicologists that the chemical may be cause for "some concern."

The federal government's new animal and human studies will last from 18 months to 2 years and will be supported by approximately $30 million in economic stimulus money, according to the health officials.