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UPDATE: FDA rejected the NRDC proposal to ban BPA from food and drink packaging. See that story here. 

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Concerns of BPA have existed for a while in the U.S.

Bisphenol-a, or better known as BPA, was on our radar years ago when Nalgene discontinued using it in their water bottles when studies showed BPA could impact the human endocrine system by mimicking hormones, something which can potentially lead to health dangers like cancer or infertility.

Now, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes to its March 31 deadline for making a decision on the safety of BPA, the petitions are circling the Internet to end the use of BPA nationwide like this one or this one.

Or even this one that helped to convince Campbell’s Soup to stop using BPA in its soup cans a couple weeks ago.

THE DECISION

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will make a final decision by the end of the month as to whether or not BPA use is no longer safe. While the agency said in the past that BPA posed no health risks, it stated last year that the chemical raises some health concerns.

The American Chemistry Council says that BPA is safe, though, and that the chemical helps the integrity and safety of food containers.

FDA’s decision won’t impact the real world uses of BPA until the Commissioner of Food and Drugs amends or revokes current regulation on the chemical, said Doug Karas, spokesperson at FDA.

Karas said that until FDA takes regulatory action, it’s unsure whether or not BPA, if banned, will be an offense the agency can issue a recall for.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) spokesperson Jackie Wei said FDA’s March 31st decision could go any number of ways, including indecision if the agency says it needs more time to accurately make a choice either way.

Nick Morales, legal fellow at NRDC, added that FDA could approve the petition, deny it, or approve- or deny-in-part.

MOVING FORWARD AND BPA SAFETY

There are currently 10 states that have banned BPA from baby products like bottles and sippy cups; and several countries have taken steps to ban or BPA from products that could leach chemicals into food. NRDC says nine out of every 10 Americans carry residues of BPA.

What do you think about the BPA issue? Should we worry about it? Should we ban it? Is it no big deal? Sound off in the comments.

(Photos by katerha and kyle.leboeuf)