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One would think that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would have the best interest of human health in mind. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case when it comes to this agency lately. The FDA has some explaining to do about its scientific misconduct that led to the agency declaring a cancer-causing chemical was safe for human consumption! Obviously, that’s ridiculous, as we Green Monsters believe that BPA is not safe, no matter what the FDA says!
The FDA actually published a study finding that low-level exposure to BPA is safe. Yes – we’re scoffing, too, along with several leading academic scientists who believe the agency botched the experiment. Apparently the lab where the study was housed was contaminated, meaning all of the animals were exposed to BPA, even the control group.
Many would say the snafu cast doubt on the study’s findings. After all, “BPA-Free” plastics may pose equal or greater hazard than its predecessors. Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health recently found a significant link between early life BPA exposure and later life tumors in any organ when the exposure is to BPA alone. According to Fast Company, “The mice who received the highest BPA dosage were a staggering seven times more likely to have liver tumors than mice whose mothers had not been exposed to BPA. Overall, 27 percent of the mice exposed to BPA ended up with liver tumors. The more BPA they were exposed to, the more likely they would get tumors.” Now, that doesn’t seem “safe,” does it?
Why should we listen to the FDA when they are appearing to favor industry over human health? It’s outrageous. “The next decision the FDA should make is to remove ‘responsible for protecting the public health’ from its mission statement,” Jane Houlihan, senior vice president for research at the Environmental Working Group, told the Huffington Post. “It’s false advertising. Allowing a chemical as toxic as BPA…to remain in food means the agency has veered dangerously off course.”
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