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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:48 PM
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Plastics industry fights back re: BPA
http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/541952...

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.

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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.

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The industry has launched an unprecedented public relations blitz that uses many of the same tactics - and people - the tobacco industry used in its decades-long fight against regulation. This time, the industry's arsenal includes state-of-the-art technology. Their modern-day Trojan horses: blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and YouTube.

A four-month investigation by the Journal Sentinel reveals a highly calibrated campaign by plastics makers to fight federal regulation of BPA, downplay its risks and discredit anyone who characterizes the chemical as a health threat. The newspaper examined thousands of pages of Internal Revenue Service reports, disclosure forms and e-mails between government scientists and lobbyists as well as the industry's own public relations materials.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:50 PM
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1. BPA and HCSF, both are fighting back
noticed that.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:52 PM
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2. They've been lyin about this for years- and it's about time that they were held accountable
and PROSECUTED for making false statements to federal officials.
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