The BPA debate: finding a balanced view

July 7: A recently-published university-backed report describes the way in which bisphenol-A, the chemical used to make can coatings and polycarbonate bottles, has become demonised in North America by activists supported by campaigning newspapers.

This is despite a number of health regulators outside North America clearing the chemical for food-contact applications.

The report, ‘Science Suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA’ by Trevor Butterworth, comes from STATS, a non-profit, non-partisan organisation affiliated with Washington DC-based George Mason University’s Center for Health and Risk Communication.

It has been published while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews the safety issues related to the use of bisphenol-A in food-contact applications. The review has been supported by the canmaking industry in the US.

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