Environmental Group Pushes for BPA Ban By Suing FDA

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration in an attempt to force the agency to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, from food packaging.

The chemical is found in hard plastic and is also used in the lining of most canned food products, including fruits and vegetables, liquid baby formula, soda and beer. Scientists believe that BPA could potentially cause health problems in children and fetuses. The chemical is so common that its residue is estimated to be found in the bodies of 90 percent of Americans, Greenwire reports.

In 2008, the NRDA sent the FDA a petition asking the agency to bar the chemical from food packaging. The FDA did not respond within the 90 days required by law.

“The FDA has failed to safeguard the food supply and protect the public from harm,” Aaron Colangelo, an attorney for the NRDC, wrote in a statement on the filing. “The FDA’s failure to regulate this chemical in food packaging is unjustified, and so we are forced to ask the court to intervene and order the agency to take action.”

An FDA spokesman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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