From The New York Times
The research has been going on for more than 10 years. Studies number in the hundreds. Millions of dollars have been spent. But government health officials still cannot decide whether the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA
, a component of some plastics, is safe. The substance lines most food and drink cans, and is used to make hard, clear plastic bottles, containers and countless other products. Nearly everyone is exposed to it.
Over the next few years, researchers hope to bring coherence to this confused and troubled field.
“This is a chemical we’re all exposed to, and I think that makes it incumbent upon us to study it,” Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences said. “We really need to know what it might be doing, if anything.”