Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BPA-Baddie or Bad Rap-Your Guess is as Good as the FDAs Apparently: Relevant Consumer

The debate about BPA goes on, and American consumers are still confused about what to believe. Of particular concern is reporting that reveals that the lead researcher for the FDA on the panel considering its safety also heads a research center which coincidentally accepted $5 million from a lead advocate for BPA. Canada has previously decided to err on the side of caution and ban its use in children's products, and while many U.S. retailers, responding to consumer pressure have voluntarily removed BPA products, it is still pervasive, and the questions about the impartiality of the FDA, and its handling of this situation causes serious misgivings about the agency's effectiveness in protecting the American public, as was explored on tonight's NBC Nightly News.

To ease the minds of the American public and maintain confidence in its ability to protect Americans, these questions need to be forthrightly answered. As a parent, I'm erring on the side of caution--my son can't wait for their conclusive proof.

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