Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and members of various anti-chemical activist groups held a press conference today to announce that they found levels of the chemical BPA in 50 cans of food in amounts “equal to levels shown to cause health problems in laboratory animals.” The press conference announcement claims that BPA is linked to a litany of health problems such as obesity and cancer.
“Of course BPA is ‘linked’ to obesity and cancer, because these people linked it,” says ACSH’s Jeff Stier. “There’s no causal relationship, but you can say there is a link between anything you want, just based on animal studies. Senator Feinstein is attempting to amend the nation’s food safety legislation to ban BPA, so it’s not surprising that she’s making these claims.”
“They announced that they found BPA in cans,” says ACSH’s Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. “So what? Of course it’s in cans. It’s been used for 50 years in canned goods, to improve their lining and prevent food-borne illness. The fact that it’s there doesn’t mean it’s ‘contaminating’ anything. Like Jeff said, they can ‘link’ whatever they want, but there is no scientific evidence linking BPA and obesity or cancer, no matter what these people or the President’s Cancer Panel says. In all my years of working with ACSH, I’ve never seen such baseless momentum growing against a chemical.”