An astounding amount of time and money have been wasted studying bisphenol A, a plastic component, which has been used for 60 years. Now the FDA has issued a report confirming what we already know: The stuff is not hazardous. But some academics cannot let it go, and their reasoning for further studies just doesn't cut it.
While BPA hysteria has been going on for many years, for just as long we have been writing that the chemical is safe. Now the FDA has issued the results of a comprehensive two-year study in rats. And as it turns out, we were right all along – while the Joe Mercolas and NRDCs of the world were not. As usual.
Is chemophobia the fear of chemicals promoted by the forces of ignorance among the majority of Americans who are scientifically-naive on the threshold of winning the war? The past week gives disturbing indications that science is on the retreat.
A National Toxicology Program (NTP) subcommittee ignored a wealth of scientific data when it voted to continue listing the sweetener saccharin as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." This was the assessment of the American Council on Science and Health, which recently reviewed the data available to the NTP subcommittee. The NTP is a program within the Department of Health and Human Services whose purpose is to "provide information about possibly toxic chemicals to regulatory and research agencies and the public."