BPA has been a concern of consumer groups for some time and is said to be present in 90% of the United States population. More than 6 billion tons of BPA are produced annually and the chemical industry has fought restrictions on its use.
BPA may contribute to increased incidence of cancer and heart disease.
A measure of the level of concern is that consumer groups have successfully persuaded the largest manufacturers of baby bottles in the United States to cease selling baby bottles made with BPA. It is thought that fetuses, babies and infants are most susceptible to BPA's problems.