MANHATTAN (CN) - The Natural Resources Defense Council claims the U.S. Food & Drug Administration refuses to release documents on its regulation, or failure to regulate, carcinogenic bisphenol A in food packaging. The NRDC claims that a federal study in 2008 found bisphenol in the urine of 93 percent of the Americans tested.
Bisphenol A (BPA) occurs widely in plastic drink bottles, and is believed to leach into the liquid inside.
In its federal FOIA complaint, the NRDC says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found BPA in urine samples of 93 percent of Americans it tested.
"Scientific evidence links small doses of BPA to harmful health effects, including reproductive abnormalities, altered neurodevelopment, and cancer," according to the complaint.
The NRDC says the FDA's response to its FOIA request was inadequate. It wants to see more documents, "forthwith and without further delay."
It is represented by house counsel Mitchell Bernard in New York and Nicholas Morales in Washington, D.C.
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