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FDA Claims Once Again that BPA is Safe with “Flawed” Study

Elizabeth Renter
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February 28th, 2014
Updated 05/06/2014 at 8:40 pm
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plastic bpa safe 263x164 FDA Claims Once Again that BPA is Safe with “Flawed” StudyDespite countless studies showcasing the many dangers of the plastic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), the Food and Drug Administration has insisted for years that BPA is safe. Now, the organization has released a study that it says affirms this, though critics say the study is flawed to the point of being worthless.

According to Environmental Health News, the research exposed rats in the womb and as newborns to high levels of BPA and found it resulted in altered hormones, lower body weights, and abnormal female reproductive development. But, when the rats were exposed to lower levels—levels the FDA said are equivalent to those experienced by humans—no such effects occurred.

“It’s a flawed study,” said Laura Vandenberg of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Vandenberg isn’t alone in her opinion, that the FDA’s study is scientifically unsound.

Vandenberg said the main problem with the study was that all of the rats were exposed to BPA. The group of rats meant to be the control group had traces of BPA found in their blood at about the same level of those rats who intentionally received the BPA.

This sort of contamination should render the study useless. But the FDA says it doesn’t. A spokesperson for the agency said that although the “source of this exposure could not be identified…interpretation of the toxicological effects, observed only at the highest BPA doses, was not compromised.”

“That’s a problem. When you have contamination like that, you cannot just look at the higher-dose groups and make conclusions,” says Vandenberg.

In addition, the study didn’t take into account the effects of BPA on human hormones, perhaps one of the most documented risks of BPA exposure. And that isn’t all; the study didn’t look at neurological effects and was limited to only 90 days—far shorter than the average human life span.

“What needs to follow is whether these exposures are causing neurobehavioral changes. Other research hints that animals exposed to BPA show increased anxiety, and we see similar results in children whose mothers were exposed,” said Joe Braun, epidemiologist and visiting scientist at Harvard University.

Other studies have linked low BPA exposure to a myriad of health concerns including abnormal sexual development in males and females, metabolic changes, impaired memory and learning, stress, insulin and glucose abnormalities, and obesity.

More than 90% of Americans have trace amounts of BPA flowing through their veins, exposed the the toxin through food containers, plastic bottles, and even dental sealants. While the FDA would have you believed their flawed 90-day study proves without a doubt that this BPA is completely safe, years of conflicting research says otherwise.

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  • Reality of Truth

    The US government is a shameful display of what happens when you let the dumbest people obtain power.

    Greed, Corruption, High Treason and just downright stupidity to the point that they threaten their own existence.

    Pretty freakin’ sad…

    Wish I was born in north africa as a slave diamond miner, even that is a better life than the US will ever give it’s citizens, THE US IS THE WORST NATION IN THE WORLD!

    I only say such things because it is the reality, what other country is destroying all life on earth without a care in the world? The answer is none, only the US is.

    But like I always say, the one good thing about the US destroying everything is that they destroy themselves and thus the world will eventually one day be without the worst nation in human history, even though there won’t be a human history anymore.
    Sad, sad, sad.

  • dave

    All plastics have BPA in one amount, more than another. Whether it lines a food can, plastic from a drinking water bottle, or ink on a sales receipt, it’s there.

    BPS which the FDA is suggesting going to is also toxic. The FDA’s claim are that it is less toxic than BPA. The only problem is that BPS is 17 times more absorbable for the body than BPA. Either way the oil companies will be protected, since plastic is the the oil companies big ticket item and not gasoline as some people may think.

  • Undecider

    Coming from the same government that declared two airplanes could knock down three buildings and the man-made CO2 is warming the planet.