The National Toxicology Program announced yesterday that bisphenol-A, a common chemical compound used in water bottles, baby-food containers and CDs, could pose harm to humans in the form of cancers and developmental disorders.
(To get an exhaustive rundown of peer-reviewed research on the compound and its lab effects on sperm counts, brain development, cancers, etc., visit The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, and click the "Bisphenol-A" link on the left column. Or check out the Environmental Working Group's information, which is a little more accessible to non-scientists.)
The draft report from the toxicology program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health and informs the EPA and FDA, is considered a pretty big about-face from previous U.S. government reluctance to acknowledge some of the dangers of bisphenol-A, a topic I covered in a feature story last week.
The reconsideration of the health impacts from the U.S. comes just as Canada has announced it will probably start labeling products with bisphenol-A as toxic. The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce is also in the midst of investigating whether the chemical industry has exercised unfair influence over research and regulation of bisphenol-A.