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Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 1.39.31 PMIf you follow BPA (bisphenol-A) on your Google news alert, no one would blame you for being surprised that you actually woke up the next morning.

BPA, which is reacted with another chemical to form ubiquitous polycarbonate plastics, and also used as is on cash register receipts, may be the most studied substance ever, which is especially ironic, since no one has ever found any evidence of an adverse effect on human health.

But careers have been built on demonizing BPA, and if you can come up with some new theoretical risk,...

967632_38993259Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor (D) has introduced Assembly Bill 607, requiring manufacturers to label food containers that contain BPA. Despite the fact that BPA has been used for half a century and is approved by the FDA as being safe, Taylor claims that the inherent problem is that consumers are left to guess, about the presence of BPA in the products they re buying.

In a guest commentary that...

ACSH staffers are amazed at the plethora of baseless scares making the news this week. Perhaps, as ACSH’s Jeff Stier predicts, this silly scare season is associated with activist rallying to promote legislation on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA reform), including an effort by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to enact a BPA ban — or attach such a ban to the Food Safety and Modernization Act, now under consideration in the Senate, after languishing there for over a year after House passage.

Fox News and WebMD, for instance, ran an off-the-wall story publicizing a study linking household cleaning products to breast cancer. The study, published in Environmental Heath,...

In a confusing study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers compared 71 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder affecting up to ten percent of women of reproductive age, to 100 healthy women of the same age and weight and found that women with PCOS had higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their blood. Women with PCOS have unusually high levels of testosterone and may suffer from such symptoms as irregular periods, acne, excessive body hair or difficulty in becoming pregnant. The study authors claim that BPA may increase the risk of PCOS by indirectly boosting testosterone levels or conversely, it may...

If it were up to The Silent Spring Institute and the Breast Cancer Fund, both activist groups disguised as environmental and health advocacy organizations, they would have you believe that the results of their newest study, with funding from the Passport Foundation, justify the need to convert to a non-packaged, organic food (and maybe raw?) diet. Published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the small study looked at ten adults and ten kids from five San Francisco area families who regularly ate canned food, canned sodas,...

ACSH would like to tip its hat to Trevor Butterworth for his insightful op-ed, “Fear In A Can,” in The Daily. Unlike most media outlets who report on the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA), citing insignificant so-called studies, Butterworth actually examines the science behind the chemical. And what did he find? The German Society of Toxicology, the World Health Organization and the European Union’s Food Safety Authority all pored over thousands of studies and concluded that BPA is safe.

Butterworth then asks, “But do the U.S. media report what these critical reviews and risk assessments find? Overwhelmingly, no; instead, tiny studies that lead...

Some activist "watchdogs" are again attempting to manipulate parents' natural concerns about their babies, without medical or scientific evidence. A few days ago, the uproar was over baby powder and lotions alleged to be delivering toxic phthalates; today, it's baby bottles and plastic water bottles leaching supposedly-toxic bisphenol-A (BPA). Both of these attacks are false.

BPA has never been shown to have any sort of health effect on humans in the extremely low doses we are exposed to from plastic bottles, can liners, or eyeglass lenses. This is true for all ages, even babies. Rats? Maybe, in high-dose experiments. Humans -- no, not a single soul.

The activist conglomerate calling itself the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice offers the misleading factoid that...

The latest chemophobic scare has centered on bisphenol-A (BPA), a component of strong, shatter-resistant plastic bottles. BPA has been in common use--one might call it ubiquitous--for several decades now, and no human being has ever been harmed by exposure to it. This doesn't matter to the panel members of the National Toxicology Program's Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), who released a draft report yesterday announcing their "concern" that exposure to BPA might affect fetuses and infants adversely.

So what's the evidence behind this alarming statement--which has already provoked moms around the nation to seek and destroy (or at least, discard) baby bottles? As is the norm with these enviros masquerading as experts in human health, their...

Anti-bisphenol A (BPA) crusaders continue their march, charging that the plastic additive is responsible for a slew of adverse health effects. This, despite overwhelming endorsements of its safety from scientific authorities worldwide and an absence of evidence of adverse health effects in the real world. The latest foray comes from a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, which looks at a tenuous link between maternal urinary concentrations of BPA during pregnancy and increases in young children s behavioral problems.

In this latest salvo, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and elsewhere analyzed urine samples from 244 women at two...

ACSH s Dr. Gilbert Ross was on CBS New York on Friday, talking about how ridiculous a new Suffolk County law is that requires business owners to use BPA-free thermal receipts.

There is no evidence that BPA in consumer products of any type, including cash register receipts, are harmful to the health of anybody, Ross said. It s not making anything safer for anybody. It s a waste of energy, time and financial resources.

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Businesses have until 2014 to comply with the Safer Sales Slip Act...