When the Food and Drug Administration aired its concerns last month about bisphenol-A, or BPA, the much-maligned chemical used to strengthen plastic in food packaging, baby bottles and many reusable containers, the public response was: What took you so long? Almost everyone else, from consumers to retailers to legislators, had heeded earlier warnings from various sources, and didn't need a government opinion to know they should be concerned with the chemical, which studies show acts as an ...

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