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April 13, 2009
Your April 2 editorial "A bill to protect kids" seriously misinforms
readers and provides an unbalanced assessment of the safety of bisphenol A.
By failing to fairly present the safety conclusions of multiple, global
government regulatory authorities, the editorial demonstrates how easy it
is to spread fear and cries out for equal time for balanced scientific
The fact is, in February the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration stated:
"With regard to BPA generally, based on all available
evidence, the consensus of regulatory agencies in the United States,
Canada, Europe and Japan is that the current levels of exposure to BPA
through food packaging do not pose an immediate health risk to the general
population, including infants and young children."
Further the European Food Safety Authority recently increased its Tolerable
Daily Intake level for BPA by a factor of 5, saying that BPA is even safer
than originally thought.
Using recent FDA exposure data for BPA, a 22-pound infant would have to
drink between 423 4-ounce bottles and 17,625 4-ounce bottles per day
(depending on the temperature of the water used to mix the formula) to
reach the lowest safety level set by the European Food Safety Authority.
Decisions regarding the safety of consumer products should be based on the
best available information and solid scientific evaluation.
óMark Biel, executive director, Chemical Industry Council of