FDA Defends BPA Against Environmental-Activists

If you enjoy playing CDs/DVDs, drink bottled water or use utensils made of plastic then you’ve been exposed to BPA. Everyone uses BPA and most of us have spent our entire lives with products made with it.

BPA is a safe non-toxic chemical widely used to make polycarbonate plastic that are found in countless products, such as, water bottles, baby bottles, pacifiers, plastic utensils, food storage containers, toys, dental fillings, and lifesaving medical devices.

The FDA has defended BPA as a chemical that is safe and suitable for human consumption. So, would anyone with common sense be surprised to find out liberal environmental-activists are lobbying hard to have this harmful, life-threatening chemical, which has been used for over 50 years with no know cases of death or prolonged illness, eradicated from existence? I think not.

The liberal activists, aggressively lobbying to ban BPA, are a little shy on the facts.

BPA is excreted rapidly from the body within a day and it doesn’t build-up in tissues. Not only does BPA have relatively low toxicity, but only minute traces of it may be detected in consumer products. Typical human exposures to BPA are 100 times to 1,000 times lower than the levels permitted by government guidelines—rules that are set way below actual safety levels.

A study preformed by the European Union found that the amount of the chemical BPA (bisphenol A) found in plastic bottles cannot harm human heath. The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) study states that unlike rats, which were used in some earlier tests, the human body actually metabolites and eliminates BPA after exposure causing no harm.

Last time I checked, I wasn’t a mouse and humans don’t inject BPA into our blood stream.

Despite the clinical trials conducted by the FDA and the European Union stating that BPA is safe, legislation has been proposed in several battleground states like New York, Washington state and California.

Washington’s Safe Baby Bottle Act will also eliminate BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups, other children’s food containers, and sports water bottles. If the legislation becomes law, Washington State would become the first state in the nation to place restrictions on BPA in children’s products.

Environmental Working Group (EWG), self-described as progressive environmental-activists, is aggressively lobbying legislators in California to pass the Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act (SB 797).

The bill echoes unfounded allegations from a 1990s-era, environmental activist-generated scare about chemicals in the environment supposedly interfering with hormonal processes to cause everything from cancer to infertility to attention deficit disorder.

The legislation being proposed in California would be the broadest most overreaching ban on BPA in that it goes beyond baby bottles to include canned beverages and food containers. A move that will cause a dramatic increase in materials costs for plastics manufactures. Sounds like more lost jobs – in a state already on the brink of bankruptcy.

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) have introduced the Poisonous Additives Act – a federal ban on chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from food and beverage containers. Sounds like even more lost jobs.

Can’t the Dems produce a single piece of legislation that can create jobs and not run our companies out of business? I think not.