The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has agreed to ban the chemical BPA in infant formula packaging. The agency’s decision to prohibit of bisphenol A (BPA) comes at the urging of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who filed a petition calling for the action last year.
The rule will take effect immediately after it is published in the Federal Register later this week.
According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of BPA, a chemical used to harden plastics, has become so widespread that it can be detected in 90 percent of the U.S. population.
The FDA is still studying potential dangers of BPA and hasn’t made any determination as to its safety, although it’s been supposedly studying this for a good three years now.
Still, this is a big step forward, one that parents of young children will be relieved about.
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