BPA (bisphenol-A), the controversial chemical used in hardening plastic commonly found in a variety of plastic products, aluminum can liners, baby bottles and even register receipts, is now considered a reproductive toxin by the state of California.
The state's environmental science agency officially added BPA to its list of chemicals (Proposition 65) known to cause birth defects, reports the Los Angeles Times, "The decision was announced late Thursday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The agency based its finding on a report by 'an authoritative body,' the National Toxicology Program, that the compound commonly known as BPA 'causes reproductive toxicity...at high doses.'"
Despite the mounting research about the negative health effects of BPA, the plastic industry criticized California's decision, vowing to file a lawsuit against Governor Brown's administration. "The state is ignoring its own panel of scientific experts, which completely undermines the scientific review process that citizens and businesses have relied upon for many years," said a statement from the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C.
BPA exposure—even in small doses—has been connected with birth defects, neurological and brain development issues, behavioral changes and certain types of cancer. Research has found evidence that traces of BPA can be found in the bodies of 90 percent of Americans. Many manufacturers have begun removing BPA from food and soda can linings, and the FDA recently ruled on restricting BPA from several items for infants and toddlers including bottles and sippy cups.
Under the Proposition 65 ruling, products containing BPA will have to carry a warning label stating that the product contains a hazardous chemical.
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