BPA: The Canadians are More Sensible

By July 10, 2009Regulations

From Michael Shaw, Shaw’s Eco-Logic, a law that brings some sense, balance and yes, logic, to the environmental and chemical debates, a new post, “More good news on BPA“:

Leave it to Health Canada to finally put a stake through the heart of the BPA fear-mongering nonsense. Those of you who have been following this issue have often read that Canada protects the health of its citizens ever so much better than our own FDA. Since EWG and NRDC are fond of promoting this idea, let’s see what the good scientists at Health Canada discovered…

They tested the following classes of products for BPA:

In all cases, dozens of products and different brands were tested, and in all cases, levels were exceedingly low. This new data confirms Health Canada’s previous conclusion that exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children.

In fact, Health Canada stated that an adult would have to drink approximately 1,000 liters (264 US gallons) of water from polycarbonate water cooler bottles every day to approach the science-based safe intake limit for BPA recently established in Canada.

The Canadian Press’s online headline, “Health Canada detects BPA in jarred baby food, water; levels considered safe.

How much you want to bet that most papers drop the part after the semicolon?

The thing about modern science and technology? It’s very, very sensitive. It can almost detect anything in anything, the tiniest amounts. Stories that just report, “X detects Y,” are meaningless.

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