FDA Rejection Of NRDC's Call To Ban BPA Is A Huge Win For Consumers, As Well As Food Packaging

Julia Seymour | March 30, 2012 | 5:53pm EDT
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The Food and Drug Administration's decision to reject the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) call for the agency to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging is a huge win for businesses, and more importantly, for consumers.

BPA has been helping ensure food safety for decades and has not been proven harmful to people. In its decision, the FDA rebutted left-wing activists who have said for years that it is a human health threat, by pointing out that the studies cited by green groups cannot be applied to humans.

"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, according to The Associated Press.

Given the NRDC's past success at creating health scares based on bad science and getting the EPA to ban Alar, it was encouraging to see the FDA not bow to pressure from the dozens of left-wing environmental groups in the case of BPA.

Still, the left-wing attacks on BPA are likely to continue, and if history repeats itself, the news media will continue to hype the threat of BPA even in the wake of this FDA decision. And, in its letter of denial, the FDA tells the NRDC that it will continue to study research on the safety of BPA.

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