Good news for opponents of bisphenol-A, the chemical that's been linked to "mammary and prostate cancer, genital defects in males, early onset of puberty in females, obesity," and more. Linked in rodents, the Food and Drug Administration is quick to note, declaring that it’s cool for people to ingest.
Unless you're a baby! From CBS News:
The controversial chemical BPA, or bisphenol-A, can no longer be used in manufacturing baby bottles or sippy cups, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.
"Consumers can be confident that these products do not contain BPA," FDA spokesman Allen Curtis said in a statement, adding that the agency's action was based on the bottle industry's phase out of the chemical. "The agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food."
Wow! Bold step! What prompted the FDA to buck an industry that's already given $4.7 million in Congressional campaign contributions in 2012?
The U.S. chemical industry's chief association, the American Chemistry Council, had asked the Food and Drug Administration to phase out rules allowing BPA in such products in October, after determining that all manufacturers of bottles and sippy cups had already abandoned the chemical due to safety concerns.
Oh. Thanks, I guess?