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Bisphenol A Back In The News – More Big Industry / FDA Hall Of Shame!

Written by Wellness Club on April 16, 2008 – 9:55 pm -

We’ve answered questions about the safety of plastics and in particular about Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound found in may forms of plastics. Our answer has always been, don’t use plastics to contain food or drink any more than is absolutely necessary, and most especially, NEVER heat food or drink in plastics – the risks are just too great.

Now the word is out – major newspapers across the nation are reporting it, there is no-where for the plastics industry to hide or for the FDA to escape to: this report, though it is written in the most careful, gentle, non-alarmist language possible, shows that even large government research organizations are concerned about the effects of Bisphenol A.

The National Toxicology Program, a part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, which in turn is part of the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services (are you confused yet?) has released a report titled “DRAFT NTP BRIEF ON BISPHENOL A”   in which the research team ever-so gently concludes: “The NTP concurs with the conclusion of the CERHR Expert Panel on Bisphenol A that there is some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures. The NTP also has some concern for bisphenol A exposure in these populations based on effects in the prostate gland, mammary gland, and an earlier age for puberty in females.”

In other words, the stuff is poisonous.

Will we see the FDA move to protect Americans from this toxic onslaught? Not likely – though Reuters news reports that some Democratic congressmen have asked the FDA to reconsider it’s position that Bisphenol A is safe for consumption by infants and children. Unfortunately, the plastics industry is a large and powerful influence in Washington, with close ties to the Pharmaceutical industry. There are immense profits at stake – far too valuable to let any concern for the safety of mere human infants and children interfere! Perhaps Canada does not have as highly developed a plastics industry – for the Canadian national newspaper The Globe And Mail is reporting that the Canadian Health Ministry is very close to declaring Bisphenol A a “dangerous substance” – a declaration which would be a first for any governmental regulatory agency anywhere, and which would strike a heavy blow to the plastics industry.

This is another breaking news story that we will be watching carefully here at The Wellness Club

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