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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) released a statement yesterday praising the US Food and drug Administration(FDA) “draft assessment” that said bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in household products such as baby bottles and food containers, does not pose a health hazard when people are exposed to small amounts.

Dr. Robert Brackett, GMA’s chief science and regulatory affairs officer, said, “We welcome the FDA's draft BPA risk assessment, as its findings - once again - support the overwhelming body of scientific evidence that confirms the safety of BPA in food packaging for all consumers.

"BPA has been safely used in food contact applications for 50 years and plays an essential role in keeping foods safe and fresh. Based on the entire body of scientific evidence, and the findings of the FDA and numerous health authorities and researchers, consumers can continue to safely enjoy foods and beverages in the many forms of packaging provided, including those that contain BPA, without changing their purchasing or eating patterns.

"The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Authority, and Health Canada have all recently evaluated and affirmed the safety of BPA.

"Several other prominent international bodies have also agreed with FDA regarding the safety of BPA. These include the World Health Organization, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate of the European Commission; the European Chemical Bureau of the European Union; the European Scientific Panel on Food Additives, Flavorings, Processing Aids, and Materials in Contact with Food; and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology."

KC's View:
And yet, as noted here yesterday, a Washington Post story reported that the FDA finding “stands in contrast to more than 100 studies performed by government scientists and university laboratories that have found health concerns associated with bisphenol A (BPA). Some studies have linked the chemical to prostate and breast cancers, diabetes, behavioral disorders such as hyperactivity and reproductive problems in laboratory animals.” And, both the Canadian government and Walmart have decided that baby products should not contain BPA because of these concerns.

I’ll say it again. This becomes a game of “who do you trust?” And the FDA has almost no credibility these days…certainly not as much as Walmart has.

If I’m a consumer and I have a choice, I won’t buy products with BPA. It is that simple. Because erring on the side of caution seems a lot more sensible if the science is being debated.