BPA is good for you!
BPA industry fights back
Public relations blitz takes cue from tobacco companies’ past tactics
By Meg Kissinger and Susanne Rust of the Journal Sentinel
Bill Carteaux paced the stage with the intensity of a general about to send troops into bloody battle.
He is at war against mounting momentum to ban bisphenol A, a key ingredient in hard, clear plastic products. Studies have linked BPA to breast cancer, testicular cancer, reproductive deformities and neurological defects.
Carteaux, president of the Society of the Plastics Industry, represents manufacturers of thousands of products made with BPA. Sales of that chemical now top $6&enspbillion a year.
For decades, the chemical industry has been able to control the debate on whether BPA is harmful to human health. Now the Food and Drug Administration, which had relied on industry-financed studies to declare the chemical safe, is reconsidering its determination. The decision is expected by Nov. 30.
“We are under attack from all fronts,” Carteaux told the audience at the group’s annual meeting in June.
And with increasing urgency, the industry is pushing back – hard.
Originally posted: BPA is good for you!