To believe or not to believe.
Discouraging news last week: Despite more than dozens of studies to the contrary, it has been determined by the FDA that bisphenol A, a chemical used in baby bottles and canned food, is not dangerous.
I–along with many consumer groups and a lot of politicians–beg to differ. The concerns about this chemical are nothing new, and this new development in which the FDA completely ignores hard scientific fact is nothing short of appalling.
The plastic-hardening chemical called BPA, similar to the hormone estrogen, is used to seal canned food and make shatterproof bottles. It is also used in hundreds of household items, from sunglasses to CDs.
Peter Myers, chief scientist for Environmental Health Sciences, had this to say: “It’s ironic the FDA would choose to ignore dozens of studies funded by (the National Institutes of Health)–this country’s best scientists–and instead rely on flawed studies from (the plastics) industry.”
Myers said the agency disregarded recent studies of bisphenol’s effects included in the National Toxicology Program’s April draft report.
That group’s review of animal studies suggested low doses of bisphenol can cause changes in behavior and the brain, and that it may reduce survival and birth weight in fetuses.
So before you take the U.S. government’s word for it, I’d suggest that you do some research on your own. Here is a great comprehensive story on plastics and their dangers, and check out this article to find safer alternatives for baby bottles.
Luckily, many lawmakers at home and abroad are not letting the FDA’s conclusion sway them. Canada has announced its intention to ban the use of the chemical in baby bottles and California lawmakers are expected to vote soon on removing bisphenol from children’s products.
Tell the U.S. Congress how you feel about this issue by signing Care2′s petition here.