Plastics used in baby bottle feeders may cause cancer and diabetes - and America's health regulator has been suspected of sitting on the data. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be subpoenaed to release records about the safety of the bottles and infant formula liners.
The FDA has claimed the products - which contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) - are safe, but critics claim this is based on just two studies, which were both funded by the American Plastics Council. Only one of these was ever published and peer reviewed.
Independent studies into BPA have linked the chemical to cancer, diabetes and obesity. Bart Stupak, a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce that is considering the subpoena, said: "While many scientists have raised concerns about the safety of bisphenol A, the FDA seems to have relied only upon science paid for by the plastics industry's lobbying group."
(Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2008; 299: 2141).