FDA says it’s unable to regulate BPA – JSOnline
[Via Watchdog Reports]
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say they are powerless to regulate BPA, although they have declared the chemical to be a safety concern for fetuses, babies and young children.
A quirk in the rules allows BPA makers to skirt federal regulation.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a potentially nasty chemical. Back in the 50s it was investigated as a possible estrogen mimic. It was not as good as some but it does have similar effects as estrogen. Then someone thought it would be good in making some plastics.
So, in the 60s, it was listed as generally regarded as safe. This puts it in a category that the FDA has no regulatory power over.
Great. So now that we are getting more and more information that it is not safe, the FDA can only ask the companies nicely to find something else.
It is well known that hitting developing embryos and fetuses with female hormones at certain times can cause lifelong changes in gene expression. BPA is found in all sorts of things that babies drink and eat from. It is even found in their umbilical cord blood.
Yet all the FDA can do is ask nicely. Here is the opinion of the chemical companies:
Regulatory agencies around the world, which have recently reviewed the research, have reached conclusions that support the safety of BPA. Extensive scientific studies have shown that BPA is quickly metabolized and excreted and does not accumulate in the body. BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today
I do’t think they will be very willing to give up on this chemical. Especially since they appear to have helped write reports for the FDA in the previous administration. So I guess it will up to us. Pressure our legislators and refuse to use products with BPA in them. Of curse, this might be very hard to do since estrogen-disrupting activity have been found in water BEFORE it is bottled.
Our own pollutants may result in severe harm to us and we are powerless to regulate them. But Canada can.