In Maryland, a bill to ban BPA in infant formula and baby food containers awaits signature on the governor’s desk. When a group called the Competitive Enterprise Institute ran an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun this week claiming that banning BPA was more dangerous than the chemical itself, we had to step in to set the record straight about a few things.
We could go point-by-point here about the host of inaccuracies in the op-ed, but the bottom line is laid out in the first sentence of our response:
“The recent opinion piece written by a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute is full of inaccuracies and produced by an organization that receives funding from the chemical and plastics industries.”
So while we might take issue with their claims such as BPA bans are only supported by “wrongheaded environmentalists” (the American Academy of Pediatrics might have something to say about that), or that countries like Canada and the European Union find no public health problems with BPA (meanwhile moving to ban BPA for their own citizens) – all that really needs to be said is: follow the money.
Well that, and some fact checking doesn’t hurt either. Click here to read CU’s full response. You can also check out this letter we recently submitted to the California legislature that does go point-by-point to rebut many of industry’s misleading claims about the supposed safety of BPA.