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The bill granting the FDA expanded oversight of food industries won the approval of the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday. ACSH staffers are concerned about a number of provisions contained in the bill. Among them is the assignment of a research project to the FDA to further investigate possible health effects of bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics that has been repeatedly confirmed as safe in its current application.

It was an eleventh-hour thing where they snuck BPA into the legislation, says ACSH's Jeff Stier. They were already studying it for academic purposes, and now there s a legislative initiative to have the FDA write up a report for Congress.

ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross thinks the study will do more harm than good, even if it does...

138829_6871The Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with the Silent Spring Institute (yes, you guessed it, named after the infamous environmentalist Rachel Carson), just released a list of 102 chemicals as critical for breast cancer research and prevention. They did use rodent studies as the basis of this list, and as we have said before and Trevor Butterworth says in his article in Forbes.com, it is very hard to make conclusions about...

ACSH staffers breathed a temporary sigh of relief as a provision to ban BPA was omitted from the Food Safety Modernization Act by the Senate health panel on Thursday. The provision was originally introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who still plans to introduce an amendment to ban BPA from children s products as soon as the bill arrives on the Senate floor.

Upon hearing the good news, ACSH's Jeff Stier rejoiced. Food safety legislation...

It is impossible to disprove a negative, which also means that it is impossible to prove that something is safe. The best you can do is perform the best possible studies using the best possible protocols. Then you compile and publish the results and hope that sanity will prevail. You'd think that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one of the premier medical journals in the world, would come down on the side of sanity.

Or not. Some of those JAMA dudes have a serious case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) going on. They just can't help themselves. They are programmed to find fault with BPA, a common component of plastics, which has been used for 60 years. (Should we name this new condition BPA-OCD?) So it's really kind of ironic that the BPA-OCDs...

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 1.30.14 PMAnti-chemical and environmental groups must be in a reactive mood today. One of their meal tickets, BPA a component of polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins which has been used for decades, most commonly as a sealant/liner for canned foods, has quietly been removed from the EPA list of chemicals of concern.

Other supposedly harmful chemicals, such as phthalates (plastic softeners) and PDBEs (flame retardants) have also been removed from the list, and now fall under the category designated...for further analysis.

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ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross appeared on Kansas City’s KCTV5-TV Nov. 4, 2010, to explain why we shouldn’t be afraid of bisphenol A (BPA).

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When ACSH made a cartoon spoof about two years ago featuring a bear who was so afraid of bisphenol A (BPA) that he refused to go shopping because someone had told him there was BPA in receipts, we thought it was a joke no one could possibly act so irrationally on the basis of an utterly unfounded fear. Turns out we were wrong.

In a column for today s New York Times, Nicholas Kristof reveals that there are indeed people out there who are afraid of receipts not to mention microwave popcorn, canned food, plastics, cosmetics, and food packaging. In this frightening world in which he finds himself, with dangers lurking in nearly...

88014720CNN s Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed David Jack, an editor from Men s Health about five foods one should supposedly never eat. And the ridiculous claims made by Jack were soaked right up by Gupta. James Cooper sums up the poor science behind each claim made by nutrition expert Jack in an on-point editorial in the Examiner entitled Sanjay Gupta bats 1 in 5 on foods you should never eat. The five foods were...

This piece first appeared in the Washington Times.

A new health scare -- over the safe and useful plastic component, bisphenol-A (BPA) -- has taken wing, fomented by the usual suspects: "experts" in rat toxicology working with alarmist, chemical-hating "environmental" activists and self-serving media scaremongers. Soon, we know all too well, will come the plaintiffs' lawyers to "protect" the public from the non-existent (but lucrative) threats lurking in our plastic bottles.

Once again, our environmental stewards have ventured...

If any of you are still alive out there here's another scare for you to not worry about.  Only, it's the same tired scare that you've seen hundreds of times - chemicals in food containers, and it's just as wrong now as it was 25 years ago. Which makes it is a bit puzzling why Julia Belluz, writing for Vox, would choose this topic, even if what was in it was correct. Belluz usually gets it right. Not this time; she spoke with the wrong people.

As The Four Topps sang in 1965, the article, entitled "The problem with all the plastic that’s leaching into your food - There’s mounting evidence that it’s a health hazard," is...