FDA finally answers -- to the chemical industry.
Posted October 12, 2011 in Health and the Environment
Yesterday I posted a blog about an industry group who declares all baby bottles and sippy cups in the U.S. are now BPA-free. They have filed a formal request at FDA asking them to ban the use of BPA in these products.
Today, a news report came out saying that FDA plans to grant the industry’s request. According to this report, FDA will publish a public notice of their intent to ban use of BPA on baby bottles and sippy cups, just a few weeks after the industry asked them to.
This is great news as it means that BPA baby bottles will once and for all be gone from store shelves.
But I have to ask, FDA, where have you been all these years??
Three years ago, NRDC filed a similar request to the FDA asking them to revoke approval of BPA in all food contact applications, including baby bottles and sippy cups. Even then, there was good scientific evidence that BPA was harmful. FDA has still not responded to our request. In fact, we have had to sue the Agency to get a response.
But it took them only 3 weeks to decide they were going to grant the industry’s request.
Clearly, FDA answers to corporate interests and thinks it is OK to ignore public health interests. They have given us the silent treatment for three years. Until now, they have refused to regulate use of BPA in the face of abundant scientific evidence that has not shown this chemical to be safe.
This is no way to carry out its mission.
FDA is a broken agency that needs real reform. FDA should not wait for a green light from industry before deciding to regulate a chemical. Instead, they should be more responsive to public demands, transparent in their process, and let science, not corporate surveys, lead their decisions.
Check out our new website: www.nrdc.org/fixfda and tell the FDA you expect them to do better!
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