This week, two prominent websites are scrambling to downplay recent reports from the FDA, NIH, and HHS, that BPA can no longer be considered safe for human ingestion. Www.Factsaboutbpa.org and www.bisphenol-a.org are trying to make sure that consumers do not become ‘too worried.’
Factsaboutbpa.org says FDA fine with BPA in baby bottles
Go to this site and you find a blurb reading, “The Experts say: ‘In a word, [the Food and Drug Administration] does support the use of baby bottles with BPA…” You read that right; factsaboutbpa.org reports that the FDA does support using BPA in baby bottles. In the top article, a group called the American Chemistry Council quotes the Human and Health Services: “The HHS statement today [Jan. 15, 2010] confirms that exposure to BPA in food contact products has not been proven harmful to children or adults.”
Bisphenol-a.org claims study finds no link
A link in the above article directs readers to the bisphenol-a.org website where readers find the following headlines: “American Chemistry Council Reacts to Statement from HHS and FDA on Bisphenol A,” “Limited BPA Study Makes Unscientific Leap,” and “Findings from New Study on Occupational Exposure to BPA of Limited Relevance to Consumers.” Another one: “New EPA Rodent Study Finds no Low-Dose BPA Effects on Reproductive Function or Behavior.”
Go to the source for accurate information
The Human and Health Services’ full news release contains relevant phrases the ACC article omitted: “…recent studies have reported subtle effects of low doses of BPA in laboratory animals. While BPA is not proven to harm children or adults, these newer studies have led federal health officials to express some concern about the safety of BPA.” The FDA actually said, “[We] have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.” Clearly, the actual reports from which the websites’ articles are paraphrasing contain much stronger warnings than are alluded to by these titles. Likely, the sites’ owners are trusting that most people won’t click on the article links, and won’t actually read the original text of these studies. These two prominent websites are taking advantage of the general public’s tendency to simply read the headlines, accept them as wholly accurate, and continue to ignore BPA.
Websites reporting opposing views are run by BPA manufacturers
So who runs these web sites? And why are they posting statements so out of context, with such opposite and possibly devastating effects? Why, because the owners are “the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council represent[ing] most of the major manufacturers of polycarbonate plastic and BPA worldwide.” and they want you to shop and consume without confusion or undue worry.