ACC Statement Regarding the FDA Science Board Subcommittee Report on Bisphenol A

    ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the
report from the Food and Drug Administration's Science Board Subcommittee
concerning a review of the FDA's draft assessment of bisphenol A, which is to
be formally presented to the Science Board on October 31, the American
Chemistry Council issued the following statement:

    "ACC and the companies that manufacture BPA are committed to protecting
public health and safety, especially when it comes to children.  We respect
FDA's oversight and assessment process, and the value of new data and
scientific viewpoints.  We encourage FDA to complete its evaluation of the
input from the Science Board and other sources as promptly as possible. The
agency's leadership is particularly vital on an issue that has caused
considerable concern and confusion among consumers.

    "Once the FDA assessment is complete, the public can be assured that ACC
and its member companies will comply with FDA's direction.  If the agency
determines that existing margins of safety are insufficient in infant
applications, our member companies that manufacture BPA will put processes in
place to promptly phase out the use of materials containing BPA in baby
bottles and infant formula packaging."

    "We look forward to the completion of the FDA assessment and to further
advancing our dedication to the safe use of BPA, which continues to provide
important benefits in products as diverse as CDs and safety helmets."

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    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies
engaged in the business of chemistry.  ACC members apply the science of
chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives
better, healthier and safer.  ACC is committed to improved environmental,
health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R), common sense
advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and
environmental research and product testing.  The business of chemistry is a
$635 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy.  It is one
of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every
dollar in U.S. exports.  Chemistry companies are among the largest investors
in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary
concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working
closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any
threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

    Contact: Tiffany Harrington, ACC (703) 741-5583


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