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    FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food - NY Daily News

    The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.

    The agency said Friday that petitioners did not present compelling scientific evidence to justify new restrictions on the much-debated chemical, commonly known as BPA, though federal scientists continue to study the issue.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council's petition was the latest move by public safety advocates to prod regulators into taking action against the chemical, which is found in everything from CDs to canned food to dental sealants.

    About 90 percent of Americans have traces of BPA in their bodies, mainly because it leaches out of bottles, canned food and other food containers.

    Some scientists believe exposure to BPA can harm the reproductive and nervous systems, particularly in babies and small children, potentially leading to cancer and other diseases. They point to results from dozens of BPA studies in rodents and other animals.

    But FDA reiterated in its response that that those findings cannot be applied to humans. The agency said the studies cited by NRDC were often too small to be conclusive. In other cases they involved researchers injecting BPA into animals, whereas humans ingest the chemical through their diet over longer periods of time. The agency also said that humans digest and eliminate BPA much more quickly than rats and other lab animals.

    "While evidence from some studies have raised questions as to whether BPA may be associated with a variety of health effects, there remain serious questions about these studies, particularly as they relate to humans," the agency said in its response.

    The National Resources Defense Council petitioned the FDA in 2008 to ban BPA as a food additive, including all uses in food or beverage packaging. Petitions on various safety issues are routinely filed by advocacy groups, companies and even individuals. When the FDA failed to respond within the required timeframe, the environmental group sued the agency. In December a federal judge ruled that the agency had to respond by the end of March.

    The agency's official position is that there is "some concern" about BPA's effects on young children. The government is spending $30 million to conduct additional studies on the chemical's impact on humans. Several federal studies published in the last two years suggest that even human embryos retain far less BPA than other animals.



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    phewh, that was close... they almost made a good decision.

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    Their post-government jobs in industry are safe.

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    Awesome that they can use rat studies to PROVE things, but then turn around and DISAPPROVE things based on those same types of studies, based on the logic that rats aren't people and their bodies don't react the same. Or that pumping them full of high doses in a short amount of time is not the same as getting small doses over a long period of time.

    How mother-fricken convenient.

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    You will never make any solid improvements by going through the government. The government is absolutely without a doubt the most corrupt entity known to man. Say what you want about private industry, but private industry is far more ethical than government by an order of magnitude. We have to take the fight to private industry and get them to simply stop using the material. Vote with your wallet and start spamming inboxes and customer service hotlines with complaints about BPA. When individual companies start hearing constant inquiries and complaints about BPA liners and cans coupled with slowed sales, they'll connect the dots and start branching out on their own. Then, once a couple big companies make the push and start advertising their "New BPA-Free Cans!", others will be forced to follow suit as it will become fashionable. This is the only efficient way to make positive change, but it takes time.

    My concern is whatever they replace BPA with will be even worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
    You will never make any solid improvements by going through the government. The government is absolutely without a doubt the most corrupt entity known to man. Say what you want about private industry, but private industry is far more ethical than government by an order of magnitude. We have to take the fight to private industry and get them to simply stop using the material. Vote with your wallet and start spamming inboxes and customer service hotlines with complaints about BPA. When individual companies start hearing constant inquiries and complaints about BPA liners and cans coupled with slowed sales, they'll connect the dots and start branching out on their own. Then, once a couple big companies make the push and start advertising their "New BPA-Free Cans!", others will be forced to follow suit as it will become fashionable. This is the only efficient way to make positive change, but it takes time.

    My concern is whatever they replace BPA with will be even worse.
    +1. Well said man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
    Say what you want about private industry, but private industry is far more ethical than government by an order of magnitude.
    Doubtful. They are one and the same. Government is owned by private industry.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
    We have to take the fight to private industry and get them to simply stop using the material. Vote with your wallet and start spamming inboxes and customer service hotlines with complaints about BPA. When individual companies start hearing constant inquiries and complaints about BPA liners and cans coupled with slowed sales, they'll connect the dots and start branching out on their own. Then, once a couple big companies make the push and start advertising their "New BPA-Free Cans!", others will be forced to follow suit as it will become fashionable. This is the only efficient way to make positive change, but it takes time.
    This I agree with completely.

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    My concern is whatever they replace BPA with will be even worse.
    And this, unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammies View Post
    Doubtful. They are one and the same. Government is owned by private industry.
    That's BS. You're thinking of giant companies like GE and Monsanto. They back all candidates, especially the socialist candidates. Obama got more money from big business and finance than any candidate in history because he was the most socialist of any candidate in history. Why do you think GE got to consult for the energy regulations? They backed Obama so they got to write specifications that would directly benefit them.

    99% of business are small and medium-sized companies. I work for a small business. Trust me, my boss is a victim like all of us. I've worked for half a dozen small businesses and they've all been owned by decent men trying to make a decent living. Don't lump them in with the likes of General Electric.
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