Sometimes the latest junk-science news makes us want to bang our heads against the wall. New York's Suffolk County has just passed the "Safer Sales Slip Act," banning the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal cash register slips.
Fox 5 News in New York did interview ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross about the ban for a few moments, we guess to "balance" Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's claims that BPA is an "endocrine disruptor" that is linked to everything from breast cancer to infertility to heart disease (Although balance may be an inaccurate description, since Dr. Ross was quoted for about 20 seconds, compared to the minute-plus given to Bellone).
Hey, Fox 5 it's not that "not everyone is convinced that BPA is dangerous" (as you put it) numerous regulatory agencies around the world have concluded the chemical is safe, including the Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada and Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
Sigh. New Yorkers can look for Dr. Ross further discussing the BPA cash-register-receipt ban on New York s WCBS 2 today we hope the gist of that report will be less alarmist than the one on Fox 5. We're doing what we can, folks ¦.
ACSH s Dr. Josh Bloom took on another non-expert, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff, who last year devoted much space to promulgating the phony scare. Read his comments here they are not complimentary.