FDA Won’t Ban BPA in Food Packaging

April 2, 2012

The agency has denied a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban the chemical in food packaging.

FDA has rejected a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, according to Plastics Today.

BPA is used in a variety of food and beverage packaging. In recent years, several countries have banned its use in children’s food packaging. France recently announced that it will ban BPA in all food contact packaging by 2014.

Concern over BPA stems from studies suggesting potential complications in lab animals exposed to the chemical. Growing awareness of potential health risks has made BPA-free packaging a popular marketing message.