FDA defending BPA

By Kristie Turck •  Published 05/16/08 •  2 min read

After recently reporting that the FDA was going to take another look at the safety of BPA, it looks as if the FDA won’t recommend that consumers stop using products containing Bisphenol-A.

For its part, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., makers of Nalgene bottles, have announced that they will stop using polycarbonate. Wal-Mart says it expects all baby bottles it carries to be free of the material by early next year, and Toys R Us has discussed a similar plan.

If such major players are clearly expressing concern over BPA, what legs does the FDA have to stand on for its reassurance? According to Reuters, the FDA’s associate commissioner for science, Norris Alderson, said the feds are reviewing safety concerns, and pointed to two industry-funded studies claiming it poses no risk.

I’ll tell you why companies are eradicating products made of polycarbonate, and stores are eliminating it from their shelves.  It’s because of consumers, not because of the FDA.   I had an interesting conversation with a representative from the makers of Dr. Brown’s bottles.  The sales of the original Dr. Brown’s polycarbonate bottles are still going strong.  They still maintain that it’s safe to use (he even stated they used them for his own child) and as long as there’s a market for it, they’re going to continue to manufacture them.  But even if the FDA doesn’t back down, people are still going to want the choice.   While it bothers me that the FDA is sticking to its original statement, people are become more aware, and if they’re anything like me (without getting too political here), they don’t trust that the FDA really cares about our safety anyway.

Source: The Daily Green