TAGS: bisphenol A, chemicals known to cause birth defects, BPA, plastic bottles, food cans, drink cans, California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, reproductive toxicant, Proposition 65
SACRAMENTO -- California's environmental science agency has added bisphenol A to its official list of "chemicals known to cause birth defects." The controversial compound, known as BPA, is commonly used in plastic bottles and in the coatings of food and drink cans.
California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment declared BPA a reproductive toxicant based on a federal report that expressed concern about its effects on development of the prostate gland and brain in fetuses and infants.
The chemical's classification as toxic, authorized under a 1986 state law, Proposition 65, requires that manufacturers of products containing BPA, such as water bottles, provide warnings or reformulate their containers. The law does not ban the compound.