Flash! Hot News! BPA Prevents Food-Borne Illness

By November 1, 2010General, Regulations

Flipped through the pages of The Washington Post this morning looking for the story: Millions of Americans last week purchased canned food products without risk of food-borne illnesses thanks to the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in packaging.

Didn’t find it. Didn’t expect to. It’s not news, really. Still, for all the headlines that anti-BPA studies and campaigns are able to generate, it would be nice balance for an article to appear every so often, “Modern technology, chemical applications in food packaging help feed Americans safely and affordably.”

John Stossel notes the phenemonon in a recent column on BPA and a movie attacking its use, “Tapped.” From his latest in The Washington Examiner, “Plastic water bottles won’t hurt you

[A] documentary called “Tapped” …quotes experts claiming “BPA may be one of the most potent toxic chemicals known to man.”

Nonsense. Not only is there no good evidence that BPA locked into plastic can hurt people, it actually saves lives by stopping botulism.

“Since BPA became commonplace in the lining of canned goods, food-borne illness from canned foods — including botulism — has virtually disappeared,” says the American Council of Science and Health.

You never hear the good news about BPA in the mainstream media. Fear-mongering gets better ratings.

Interesting about “Tapped,” another documentary-style film being made to promote a highly politicized and litigated campaign against an industry, in this case, the bottled water industry. “Crude” has proved a disaster for the activists/trial lawyers who thought the film could be a powerful tool in their PR campaign against Chevron. Wonder how “Tapped” will come back to bite this particular bunch of anti-commerce, anti-science, anti-safety alarmists.

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