Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) recently demonstrated just how much he cares about the health of women in his state.
Currently, the state is engaged in a debate over the dangers of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), a common additive in many plastic products and food packaging.
LePage recently decided to chime-in on the debate by saying that as far as he can tell, the worst side effect [of BPA exposure] is that “some women may have little beards” (Talking Points Memo).
(I wonder how his wife feels about that comment…)
Kevin Miller of the Bangor Daily News reports LePage as saying: “Quite frankly, the science that I’m looking at says there is no [problem]. There hasn’t been any science that identifies that there is a problem.”
Apparently LePage isn’t familiar with the research of the Food and Drug Administration.
In January 2010, a study by the FDA found some evidence that BPA had a concerning effect on the “brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.”
In October 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA toxic. Also late last year, the European Union banned BPA as an ingredient in baby bottles; a decision that should go into effect this month.
Why would LePage take such a calloused and misinformed stance on BPA, especially since the health of his constituents could be at risk? I’m betting that there’s money in it for him somewhere along the line.
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