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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger, "Plastics industry behind FDA research on bisphenol A," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 22, 2008.

[The invisible hand of the market strikes again. -jlt]

  Bisphenol A has been detected in the urine of 93% of Americans tested.

A government report claiming that bisphenol A is safe was written largely by the plastics industry and others with a financial stake in the controversial chemical, the Journal Sentinel found.

Although the Food and Drug Administration will not reveal who prepared its draft, the agency's own documents show that the work was done primarily by those with the most to gain by downplaying concerns about the safety of the chemical.

That includes Stephen Hentges, executive director of the American Chemistry Council's group on bisphenol A, who commissioned a review of all studies of the neurotoxicity of bisphenol A and submitted it to the FDA. The FDA then used that report as the foundation for its evaluation of the chemical on neural and behavioral development. The American Chemistry Council is a trade group representing chemical manufacturers.

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