Wednesday, October 22, 2014

“Due to the use of unrealistic experimental conditions, much of the data presented in this new study has very limited relevance to the potential for human exposure to BPA from handling thermal receipt paper. Although downplayed in the publication, the most relevant data shows very little BPA exposure under conditions most representative of real-life contact with thermal receipt paper. “Notably, a recent study from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Porras et al., 2014) found no significant exposure to BPA from handling receipt paper using real-life exposure scenarios. Included in the Finnish study were conditions representative of cashiers (i.e., repeated handling of receipts throughout a workday) and more intensive short-term handling considered to be beyond normal handling of paper receipts.

Monday, October 6, 2014

“As reported by the authors of this study, the statistical associations between prenatal BPA exposure and decreased lung function and wheeze in children are ‘inconsistent,’ ‘marginal,’ and ‘borderline.’ The authors also note study design ‘limitations’ that ‘may result in exposure misclassification.’ This limited and inconsistent study does little to inform the scientific community or parents about the causes of asthma in children. Furthermore, the press release accompanying the study could result in over interpretation of the data or misunderstanding of the limited study conclusions. “Earlier this year, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists published the results of a large-scale government-funded study demonstrating that low-dose exposure to BPA did not result in the development of adverse health effects. We know from additional studies that even premature infants have ample capacity and capability to metabolize and eliminate BPA, which indicates that low level exposures are unlikely to cause health effects.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

“Senator Markey has unfortunately chosen to reintroduce unnecessary legislation that ignores the expert analysis of government scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which strongly supports the continued use of BPA in food-contact materials. In its most recent statement FDA answered the question, ‘Is BPA safe?’ with one word: ‘Yes.’

“FDA’s findings from its recent scientific review are consistent with the consensus of major government agencies around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. All conclude that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials.”

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding the study published today by Health Canada, the first results from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) study. The study, titled "Phthalate and bisphenol A exposure among pregnant women inCanada — Results from the MIREC study," was published in the July issue of the scientific journal Environment International.  Quotes from the following may be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.

"With important new research results in hand, Health Canada once again reaffirmed its position on the safety of bisphenol A(BPA) in its press release today, stating 'Based on the overall weight of evidence, Health Canada continues to conclude that dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children.'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It’s no secret that bisphenol A (BPA) has been controversial for quite some time and has received intense scrutiny from scientists, government agencies, the media and environmental groups. Such scrutiny has resulted in demand from consumers for alternatives to products that contain BPA, and hasty efforts from some manufacturers to provide “BPA-Free” products. While the controversy surrounding BPA may be interesting and important, the controversy by itself does not provide an answer to the key question addressed in this article – Why replace BPA?

Friday, March 7, 2014

What’s trending right now?

Lots of chatter about the safety of plastics:

Are plastics safe in food packaging? Are they safe in carry-out food containers? What about the plastics in my kitchen? What should I do?

Questions like these are the result of pressure groups targeting plastics — the very plastics that have been approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safe use in food-contact applications. Unfortunately, these voices consistently ignore decades of scientific study confirming the safety of these materials. That makes things tough for consumers who are often inundated with news headlines that promote anxiety and fear and are not always based on science or fact.

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