From the front page of the Washington Post: seems the new draft report of the NIH's National Toxicology Program panel is going to state that Bisphenol-A, the plastic additive found in baby bottles, sippy cups, and liquid formula can liners, could pose a variety of health and behavioral risks after all. The finding is a reversal from last fall's recommendations, which turn out to have been written by the chemical industry:
Last year, another expert panel using outside scientists minimized the health risks of BPA, but its findings were widely assailed after a congressional investigation found that a firm hired to perform scientific analysis was also working for the chemical industry.Also, the FDA ignored hundreds of BPA-related studies in order to avoid regulating its use in baby formula:
Used in the production of plastic since the 1950s, BPA may be linked in laboratory animals to breast cancer, prostate cancer, early puberty in females and behavioral changes, according to the study released yesterday. It called for more research into the chemical's health effects.
Last month, in response to questions from lawmakers, the FDA said it had disregarded hundreds of government and academic studies about the cancer risks of BPA and used just two studies funded by the chemical industry to determine that the chemical is safe.I look forward to the JPMA's announcement of total victory for safety.
U.S. Cites Fears on Chemical In Plastics [washpost]