“The head of the primary federal agency studying the safety of bisphenol A said Friday that people should avoid ingesting the chemical – especially pregnant women, infants and children.
In August 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, charged with regulating the use of chemicals in food products, declared BPA to be safe for all uses – a decision chemical-makers routinely point to as proof their product is safe.
However, the agency is reconsidering that ruling after its own advisory board found that FDA scientists ignored valuable studies that found the chemical caused harm.
A Journal Sentinel investigation found that lobbyists for industry wrote entire sections of the FDA’s original assessment. E-mails obtained by the newspaper found that FDA scientists relied on chemical industry lobbyists to examine BPA’s risks, track legislation to ban it and even monitor press coverage.
Birnbaum said she would like to see the federal government use the precautionary principle to regulate chemicals. That approach, used in Canada and throughout Europe, requires that a chemical be proved to be safe before it is allowed to be used in commerce.
In the United States, chemicals are allowed on the market and removed only if they have been found to cause harm.”