By XINJUAN DENG
Capital News Service
LANSING – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to allow a controversial chemical to remain in food packaging. The chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA), is used to line beer, soda, vegetable and soup cans, as well as other consumer products such as reusable plastic water bottles. Although the agency stressed that research is ongoing, it said there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support claims that BPA has adverse effects on people. Eden Foods Inc. in Clinton has had BPA-free packaging since 1999 when customers expressed concerns about the chemical. Jonathan Wilson, the media manager at Eden Foods, said the company didn’t want to use cans with BPA if there were even a chance that they could be dangerous.