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A study published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology concluded that soy-rich diets can lead to infertility in mice.

You will not see any legislators, activists, or politicians calling for a ban or restriction of soy products based on this, says ACSH s Dr. Gilbert Ross, but if you were to substitute BPA for soy, or any other synthetic chemical for that matter, you d have people marching in the streets saying, Here s another piece of evidence that these chemicals are...

ACSH staffers welcome an article in the online journal, Medscape, reporting on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) suit against the FDA asking for a “writ of mandamus,” or court order requiring the agency to respond to NRDC’s 2008 petition to ban the use of BPA in commercial products.

In addition to calling the NRDC lawsuit “bizarre,” ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross was further quoted in the article:

Every scientific body that has evaluated BPA has ruled that it is safe in the amounts that most people are exposed to in our environment. There’s no scientific basis for this crusade against BPA, and the lawsuit against the FDA is simply a way to get attention for the NRDC.

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OEHHA Questions BPA
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is requesting information on BPA so that they can decide if it should be added to the state’s Prop 65 list of toxic substances.

“BPA was already considered for the Prop 65 list by an expert panel from California’s Development and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, and they determined that there was not enough evidence to list it,” says ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross. “What...

CowabungaWe need another BPA study like we need root canal. For many years, hundreds (thousands?) of them have been published just about everywhere except on bus shelters, desperately hoping to find something wrong with the chemical, which is used to make a variety of plastic products, such as can liners. The studies are are mostly terrible.

But that hasn't stopped a Danish group from publishing a laughably-flawed paper on the chemical's effect on how fast rats swim, and similarly critical information.

The only thing "special" about this...

The Food Safety Modernization Act, which would overhaul the U.S. food safety system, is moving forward without Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s amendment banning BPA from children’s products. Feinstein (D-Calif.) withdrew the measure Wednesday, telling reporters the American Chemistry Council had mobilized Republicans against the measure.

ACSH’s Dr. Elizabeth Whelan says she’s “delighted,” but is also perturbed by thereporting on the issue.

“If you read all the articles, it’s being portrayed as ‘industry put all this...

Only two months ago, the FDA rejected notions that bisphenol A (BPA) poses any threat to our health: The agency dismissed yet another activist petition to ban or restrict the ubiquitous chemical used to harden clear plastics in food packaging. Yet that hasn t stopped chemophobic groups from continuing to scare the public about the estrogen-mimicking effects of BPA.

Sadly, their efforts seem to be somewhat successful: A recent nonpartisan survey by EcoFocus of more than 4,000 consumers found that 37 percent were extremely or very concerned about the possible health and safety effects of plastics used in food packaging and bottles.

This plastic phobia can only...

In the United States of Crazy, where we now seem to dwell, labeling seems to be the panacea for all that ails us. Sure, let's label everything, whether it helps, hurts, or does nothing. If people want to know that the sugar in their Pop Tarts comes from a GM-sugar beet as opposed to a plain old stinky old one, (even though it makes absolutely no difference- none), fine. BPA-free? Sure, why not? It has letters in it. Except that it's been used for 70 years and has never been shown (by real science) to harm anyone. California, thanks to its insane Proposition 65 list, makes hotels post cancer warning labels because the furniture, carpet, whatever, contains tiny amounts of chemicals that might cause cancer (1).

Hell yeah! Put it on the label, so...

FDA on BPA
The FDA released its long-awaited reassessment of the safety of BPA last Friday.

“They pulled the oldest trick in the book,” says ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. “If you want to minimize publicity for a statement, you release it on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend.”

“Another trick is to pledge more money to 'ongoing studies,'” says ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross. “The FDA decided to tout its reaction to activist...

ACSH Director of Publications Derek Rose harnessed his creative juices to produce this informative and amusing video on the truth behind BPA.

We ask our Dispatch readers to help spread the real BPA message by posting the link to this video to their Facebook pages and send it along to friends and family.

Warning: Video is intended for adult audiences and may cause uncontrollable laughter.

It s always refreshing to see a journalist stand up for sound science, especially since it so rarely happens. That s why we d like to make note of Trevor Butterworth s latest op-ed in Forbes. In it, Butterworth intelligently critiques New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff s hollow, politically driven campaign against chemicals.

Kristoff s latest column pits Big Chem against environmental activists, who are chirping yet again about the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA). Yet Butterworth astutely points out how Kristoff reports only on studies from the very small environmental activist groups that always seem to find data against the use of BPA, no matter how flawed the source. He seems unaware of the many non-industry funded studies or regulatory agency...