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February 03, 2010

WSJ editorial blasts BPA threat

The Wall Street Journal - 1.30.10

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In light of recent news that the FDA will conduct more research on the safety of BPA, a skeptical editorial questions whether the chemical is really worthy of all the fear and controversy it has created. "Because of the public anxiety the publicity has generated over BPA, it's disconcerting that the FDA plans to seek 'further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA' in advance of a reassessment. That means the FDA reassessment will be subject to as much political pressure as activists can produce.

If the FDA wants to further investigate BPA for health effects, then the agency should make sure that it evaluates real science. In the BPA war, that isn't easy. But that's what a public made uneasy by scare stories deserves."

Read the entire editorial here.

Our Take: This whole editorial sounds like something written by someone cozy with the plastics industry. Being concerned for our health and the health of our children isn't paranoia, it's good sense. It's time the government takes the threat of BPA seriously, like it did with lead years ago.

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I have lots of No. 7 plastic in my basement, awaiting (hopefully) future possibilities of recycling. I think I'll bundle it all up and send it to the WSJ offices.

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