Study questions health safety of common chemical

CHICAGO (AP) -- A preliminary study of a chemical used in plastic baby bottles, food cans and other products has found that it poses possible risks for heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers say the study raises new concerns about the safety of bisphenol A or BPA. Past animal studies have linked it with breast, prostate and reproductive system problems and some cancers.

The study is seen as preliminary. Two Dartmouth College research analysts say it raises questions but provides no answers about whether BPA is harmful. They're calling for additional research.

The findings were released today to coincide with a presentation of the study at a Food and Drug Administration scientific advisers hearing.

Previously, the FDA released a report concluding that it cannot rule out the risks posed by BPA to people, especially infants and children.

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