Monday, April 28, 2008

JPMA says Bisphenol-A is A-OK!

We just received a press release from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) that assures us that plastic baby bottles using Bisphenol-A are entirely safe, stating: "Sound and respected scientific research has consistently shown there is no danger to consumers when products are used as intended. Trace levels of bisphenol A (BPA) from consumer products are well below any level that could cause harm to adults or to our children."

This is the same JPMA that has argued against banning phlalates in toys and promoted a scare campaign against the family bed.

In case you're concerned, the press release indicates that the FDA is on the job: "The FDA has just announced the formation of an agency-wide task force to review the safety of BPA....The FDA continues to recommend that consumers refrain from discontinuing use of BPA-containing products."

This is the same FDA that's trying to track down that problem with Heparin and Chinese-made drugs. The same FDA that approved Vioxx.

For further reading, JPMA provided links to the following websites:

www.babybottle.org - Run by JPMA itself. Likely non-biased info.

www.CoalitionForConsumerChoice.org - No info is provided about who runs this site, but it's meant to appear to be a grass roots website created by consumers who want to maintain their right to buy Bisphenol-A. Domain is registered by domainsbyproxy.com, which allows its customers to set up a website anonymously. Hmmm...could this be set up by some industry trade group...?

www.bisphenol-A.org - Is a website run by a Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group, which is organized regionally at the American Chemistry Council, PlasticsEurope, and the Japan Chemical Industry Association. I'm sure these folks don't use glass bottles.

Our question---why can't an industry facing a public relations problem just fix their product and make it better instead of trying to defend something like Bisphenol-A? Huh?
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