Because it is a lucrative industry. Plain and simple as this article portrays and I agree with. Canada has labeled BPA as toxic and banned it from baby bottles early this year. SO far no other country has follow suit. Why?
This excerpt sheds some light:
According to Dr. Wade Welshons, a professor in the endocrine disruptors group at the University of Missouri, the lack of regulation in other countries is a result of industry’s efforts to keep the ten-billion-dollar per year industry going.
“BPA [constitutes] such a large and lucrative market that it just carries itself along. In 1999, the chemical industry hired a tobacco industry lobbyist – the Wienberg group – to protect the product. They did a very thorough job of creating doubt that second-hand smoke was dangerous, and the same kind of techniques are just being applied more broadly to BPA,” Welshons said.
Of course the industry folks claim the paper released in September 2008 showing BPA may cause diabetes, liver and heart disease cannot prove BPA causes these diseases, just that there is a correlation. Honestly, a correlation is enough for me to want to stay away.
Animals must be used in such studies because it would be illegal to inject a human with BPA. And most adults have higher levels of BPA in their bodies than the levels used in these animals studies. And while scientists would like to do a study on humans, it would require years of research to follow humans around who have regular exposure to BPA and track the effects on their health. So until then, we need to continue to be exposed to this very likely toxic chemical.
But while scientists spend years building an unassailable fortress of evidence that BPA causes disease, the chemical continues to tamper with fetal development and potentially harm adult health. ….. According to Maricel Maffini, a professor at Tufts University, regulatory agencies shouldn’t wait on studies that may take many years.
“Because these studies are so long- term, research on laboratory animals needs to be taken more seriously. In any science you do, animals are considered a gold standard – except in the field of endocrine disruptors like BPA,” Maffini said.
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