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Politico reports that a measure to ban Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to manufacture certain food and beverage containers, could be introduced on the Senate floor by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as early as this week.

"I introduced my bill to ban BPA from being used in food containers because I feel very strongly that the government should protect people from harmful chemicals," Feinstein told Politico in a statement.

"I guess the key word here is, 'harmful,'" says Dr. Ross. "Because we know that any substance can be harmful in high enough doses. BPA, as used, is safe -- and when used in can liners prevents food-borne diseases. Someone should tell Senator...

Retired military officers say school lunches have put the nation's security at risk because they've left so many young Americans too fat to join the military. We're not making this up, folks.

A new study concludes that a female whose grandmother consumed a high-fat diet will also be at higher risk for breast cancer herself. Well, that is, if she's a rodent...

Yesterday we received a fundraising letter asking us to celebrate Mother's Day by honoring the greatest mom around -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Why is the senator such a great mom? Because, the missive said, she protects kids from dangerous toys and foods and has promised "to keep our drinking water safe and chemical free."

Guess that means the good senator would disallow the presence of dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) in water ...

ACSH staffers are proud of the Coca-Cola Company for standing up to pressure from a minority faction of their shareholders who demanded that they disclose information about BPA in their packaging.

The soft drink giant responded, All available scientific evidence and testing shows that drinks in aluminum and steel cans are safe. BPA levels in canned beverages are extremely low, and it is physically impossible to consume enough canned beverages to ever approach the...

An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers at Emory University and the CDC concludes that people with higher intakes of added sugars are more likely to have lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and higher triglyceride levels.

Deborah Kotz of U.S. News sees this and the Institute of Medicine s recent recommendation that the FDA regulate the amount of sodium in food as evidence that [t]he pressure is on the food industry to stop...

A new code of ethics announced yesterday by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies seeks to limit the influence of medical drug and device makers over patient care. The Associated Press mentions a few of the new standards: “No more letting industry help pay for developing medical guidelines. Restrictions on consulting deals. And no more pens with drug company names or other swag at conferences.”

“This is just a continuation of a theme we’ve been talking about here for over a year,” says Dr....

ACSH staffers have written before about the unfortunate consequences of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

CPSIA is an extraordinarily burdensome law requiring anyone and any business, large or small, to test and certify that their products, if aimed at the twelve-and-under market, do not contain lead or several kinds of phthalates above a very tiny amount, says Dr. Ross. The costs of such testing are borne by the merchant, and often runs to thousands of dollars per item. We have often railed against the unscientific CPSIA and the burden it has placed...

It used to be that when the Federal government wanted to encourage states and cities to adhere to certain policies, they'd offer grants with strings attached. Highway funds, for example, are available only if states enforce federally mandated blood alcohol levels, as well as a drinking age of twenty-one.

Today, however, all pretenses are out the window, and the Obama administration is taking taxpayer money and sending it directly to local governments and non-profits to lobby on behalf of nanny-state policies.

In response to last year's stimulus act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the benign-sounding "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" initiative. It would be more aptly described as $372 million to pay activist groups to support Obama health...

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. But a movement that was once about cleaning up rivers and recycling has lost focus and become radicalized, hijacked by extremists committed more to ideology than science. So it is no wonder that recent polls have found Americans more concerned with the economy than the environment. Earth Day has been losing its credibility.

Activists who led the movement are shifting their focus from the environment to chemicals, casting several useful and safe compounds as insidious, invisible toxins that are poisoning American children. In many cases, these anti-industry activists are using scare tactics and ignoring decades of science to frighten Americans into echoing their ideology. Fair environmental and human health policies should be...