US: Consumer group finds elevated BPA levels in range of foods
Posted: November 3rd, 2009 - 8:04am
Source: Los Angeles Times
A consumer advocacy group's analysis of canned goods has found measurable levels of the chemical additive bisphenol A (BPA) across a range of foods, including some that were labeled "BPA free.”
Children eating multiple servings of some of the tested food could get doses of BPA "near levels that have caused adverse effects in several animal studies," according to the survey released Monday by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization that publishes Consumer Reports. The findings bolster the case for banning BPA from use in materials that come in contact with food and beverages -- such as can linings, baby bottles and sippy cups -- the group said in a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.
An FDA spokesman had no immediate comment but noted that a review of existing evidence about BPA's health effects was nearly completed and that Hamburg would "make a decision how to proceed" by the end of the month.