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Lobbying Groups Fight To Stop FDA From Regulating Chemical Linked To Erectile Dysfunction And Miscarriages

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Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly rejected a petition to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in food packaging, four years after the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asked the agency to outlaw the toxin. The agency said that "there is not compelling scientific evidence to justify new restrictions" on the chemical, which is used in many food packaging plastics.

The decision was a blow to public health advocates who cited a growing number of studies concluding that BPA is dangerous. Pretty much anything you read about BPA is scary: It's been linked to everything from miscarriage to diabetes to cardiovascular disease to early puberty to erectile dysfunction. It even makes male mice less attractive. A New York Times magazine article from last weekend cited exposure to BPA, an "estrogen-mimic," as a potential cause for early puberty among girls...

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