In a reversal, the FDA said last week that it was concerned about the use of the chemical compound BPA present in some consumer plastics, such as baby bottles. The government agency suggested that additional research was needed before a final conclusion was determined. The New York Times reports:
The agency said Friday that it had “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children,” and would join other federal health agencies in studying the chemical in both animals and humans.
The action is another example of the drug agency under the Obama administration becoming far more aggressive in taking hard looks at what it sees as threats to public health. In recent months, the agency has stepped up its oversight of food safety and has promised to tighten approval standards for medical devices.
While a number of manufacturers have already taken steps to remove BPA from their products due to ongoing controversy over the element, "The American Chemical Council, which represents companies that make and use BPA, issued a statement saying BPA was safe," the Times reported.
Meanwhile, WebMD points out the seemingly calculated timing of the release of the news on a Friday afternoon.
Friday is the day of the week that organizations like to release stories to the media that are intended to be buried. So, it's not a surprise that the FDA chose a Friday (last week) to announce potential health concerns of a chemical compound called BPA (bisphenol-A). Unfortunately for them, the media was watching.