Panel: No Strong Signs of Plastic Hazard; `Some Concern' for Young Children

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal advisory panel says it's found no strong evidence of health hazards to adults from a chemical commonly found in plastics but says there is reason for "some concern" among children and fetuses.

Exposure could be linked to neural or behavioral problems.

At issue is a chemical called bisphenol A (BIS'-fuh-nawl ay), which is found in products ranging from baby bottles to coatings inside food cans. Because research has linked the chemical to health problems in animals, the National Toxicology Program appointed an expert panel to review the science. The final results will be used by regulatory agencies in setting safety standards.

Meanwhile, critics are denouncing the findings, contending the review is skewed in favor of the plastics industry.