According to a new report, bisphenol A (BPA)—an FDA-approved chemical found in some plastics like water bottles and children’s toys—may be linked to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and liver disorders. The authors indicate that human exposure to BPA is likely to greatly exceed the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended daily amount. “The higher BPA exposure, reflected in higher urinary concentrations of BPA, may be associated with avoidable morbidity in the community-dwelling adult population,” researchers say.

Despite the study, the FDA stands by its assessment that the chemical is safe. “A margin of safety exists that is adequate to protect consumers, including infants and children at the current levels of exposure,” says Laura Tarantino, a senior FDA scientist.

To be continued…

Learn more about BPA and its possible dangers here.