By Bettina Boxall and Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times March 30, 2012, 9:26 p.m.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (external - login to view) announced Friday that it would not ban the use of bisphenol A (external - login to view), also known as BPA, in food packaging but said it would continue research on the health effects of the widely used chemical.

Although it rejected a petition by an environmental group to outlaw the compound in food and beverage containers, the agency did not close the door on future regulation. "This is not a final safety determination on BPA," FDA spokesman Douglas Karas said. "There is a commitment to doing a thorough evaluation of the risk of BPA."

Scientists are still working to determine what effects BPA, which mimics estrogen in the body, has on human health once ingested.


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