Bisphenol A, a controversial chemical found in many plastics and resins is a risk to developing fetus and children, a U.S. government panel concluded Wednesday.
BPA is found in products used everyday such as compact discs, DVDs, baby bottles and other food and drink packaging. It is also commonly found in cars, sports safety equipment and water pipes.
Last year the city of San Francisco issued a ban on the sale, distribution and manufacture of baby products that contain any level of the toxic chemical bisphenol A or certain levels of phthalates.
Experts convened by the U.S. Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), part of the National Toxicology Program, unanimously concluded that exposure to the pervasive chemical presents risk to human development and reproduction.
Concerns about bisphenol A are not new. It was first synthesized way back in 1891, and the first evidence of its potential problems for health were from experiments in the 1930′s.