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California Concludes that Bisphenol A is Not a Reproductive Toxicant Under Proposition 65
(June 2009)

In California, the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) held a meeting during which the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) was voted to not be classified as a reproductive toxicant.

On July 15, during a public meeting, California’s Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee(DARTIC) issued a unanimous vote deciding not to designate the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant in terms of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as “Proposition 65.”

The issue debated by the committee was whether or not, as defined by Prop 65, BPA had been “shown through scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles to cause…reproductive toxicity…” At the end of the meeting, at which 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other advocacy groups argued in favor of listing, the DARTIC conducted three separate votes: one each for developmental toxicity, female reproductive toxicity and male reproductive toxicity. For each category, the vote was 7-0 against listing.

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