Thursday, July 11, 2013

“FDA’s authority to act on this petition is based solely on marketplace conditions. As stated in the petition, BPA is no longer used in infant formula packaging. We believe this action by FDA will bring clarity for consumers and will eliminate any lingering confusion about the presence of BPA in infant formula packaging. As noted by FDA, their action is not based on any finding or conclusion that packaging containing BPA is unsafe. Epoxy resins have been widely used for more than 30 years to line food and beverage cans, protect food quality and nutrition, and extend shelf life. Based on a long history of safe use, and FDA’s recent reaffirmation of BPA’s safety, epoxy resin food can linings continue to be the preferred choice for safe and effective food packaging."

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In response to a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE about Bisphenol A and obesity, the American Chemistry Council released the following statement: “Attempts to link our national obesity problem to minute exposures to chemicals found in common, everyday products are a distraction from the real efforts underway to address this important national health issue. Due to inherent, fundamental limitations in this study, it is incapable of establishing any meaningful connection between BPA and obesity. In particular, the study measures BPA exposure only after obesity has developed, which provides no information on what caused obesity to develop, a limitation noted by the study’s authors."

Friday, April 19, 2013

California courts ordered the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to immediately remove BPA from its Proposition 65 list. ACC will continue to move forward with its lawsuit to halt the agency’s efforts to include BPA on the list.

Friday, April 12, 2013

ACC announces it will continue to move forward with its lawsuit to overturn the state of California’s decision, announced April 11, to include BPA on its Proposition 65 list of reproductive toxicants. ACC notes that the state’s decision to list BPA circumvents its own scientific process by permitting administrative staff to ignore a unanimous conclusion by the state’s own panel of scientific experts, which reviewed the same evidence and determined that BPA should not be listed under Proposition 65.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ACC’s response to a April 10 USA Today article about a new activist campaign to pull chemicals from consumer products. ACC notes that chemical companies go to great lengths to help Americans make informed decisions about the products they purchase, including undertaking extensive scientific analyses to evaluate the potential risks of chemical products. ACC also notes that chemical safety is overseen by six federal agencies under more than a dozen federal laws and regulations.

Friday, March 1, 2013

ACC comments on a study that claims an association between early exposure to BPA and an increased rate of asthma among inner-city children, published the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. ACC notes that there is no scientific consensus on what is causing an increase in asthma rate, and this study adds little relevant information to the debate. The study does not establish a causal relationship between BPA exposures and childhood asthma and the statistical associations reported are very modest, with weak statistical significance and limited consistency.