FDA Considers Petition to Ban Bisphenol A (BPA)

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Stoel Rives attorney Claire Mitchell discusses in a Law360 article efforts by an environmental advocacy group to ban the use of a common industrial chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA), used in food and beverage packaging materials. BPA has been used since the 1960s in plastic consumer products such as sippy cups and baby bottles. Under a settlement agreement with the advocacy group, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to rule by the end of March on whether BPA should be banned under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Mitchell describes how BPA recently became the focus of a heated debate, following studies that implicated BPA as a risk factor in endocrine cancer and related disorders. She then considers the potential industry impact, should the FDA announce a ban on the use of BPA.

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"BPA's Expiration Date May Be On Its Way" was published by Law360, March 23, 2012.

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