July 19, 2012

50 Shades Of BPA: Big Chemical Loves It When FDA Bans Them

Is it just me or does this seem so weird?

The FDA has banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, even though manufacturers all basically stopped using BPA plastic for bottles between 2008-10, in the midst of heavy consumer and health advocate pressure. But the ban was requested by the American Chemical Council. And the FDA is all, "Oh, sure, Big Chemical, if that's what you want, we'll help you 'boost consumer confidence' by banning something for PR reasons while simultaneously insisting that our scientific research shows it's safe."

Safe enough to let it stay in the lining of basically every can of food--and baby formula--in America.

Aha, the Times headline clears it up: ACC just wanted the FDA to make an honest woman out of them.

F.D.A. Makes It Official: BPA Can't Be Used in Baby Bottles and Cups [nyt]

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