THE BIG BPA LIE: THE BPA FILE, PART THREE
By Alan Caruba
More than one thousand posts were reported. Virtually all spread false information.
Such things do not happen by accident. They are the result of a concerted effort to defame BPA and they are indicative of a massive public relations effort. Serendipitously, on March 2, 2011, National Review published an article by Jon Entine, “Don’t Rush to Ban Chemicals,” that revealed how public opinion is manipulated by the use of dubious “scientific studies” and the way most people, unschooled in science, do not realize that “one part per billion” of any substance poses no risk at all.
Entine cited a survey that found that “Canadians, on average, have about one part per billion of BPA in their urine, while Americans have twice that amount,” noting that this “is not just meaningless, let alone news by any definition, but is part of the massive public relations campaign to get BPA banned”
“Labeling a chemical ‘toxic’ or a ‘contaminant’ is meaningless,” said Entine.
Anyone who wants to learn the truth about BPA is advised to visit Junkscience.com, the website of Steve Milloy who has gained a solid reputation for debunking socalled “science-based” fear campaigns. His data on BPA reveals that “there is no scientific evidence that BPA:
Acts as an endocrine disruptor; and
Has any health effects at low doses;
Furthermore, the data debunks some of the most off-cited and false claims about BPA.
BPA does not adversely affect reproduction or development at any realistic dose;
BPA is efficiently “metabolized” and rapidly excreted after oral exposure
So where does the worldwide anti-BPA public relations campaign originate?
The answer to that has to be by inference, but many trace it to Fenton Communications, whose founder, David Fenton, has Leftwing associations and affiliations dating all the way back to the domestic terror group, the Weathermen, for whom he was a photographer.
From reading a lengthy profile on DiscoverTheNetworks.org, one learns that, in 1982, Fenton established Fenton Communications, specializing in advancing the agendas of “Leftwing groups.”
The cost to American apple growers and distributors was catastrophic. It was deceptive.
The anti-BPA scare campaign is patterned on the anti-Alar campaign and a further link is found in the fact that two of Fenton’s longtime clients, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Working Group are leaders in the anti-BPA campaign. Moreover, BornFree, a company that specializes in products that do not contain BPA, is also a Fenton client.
In the book, The Fear Profiteers, Fenton Communications was identified as having “played a key role in a growing number of health scare campaigns.” At the time the book was published, Fenton was linked to scares about Alar and apples, swordfish, [and] leaky breast implants, and a front group (a favorite PR ploy) Health Care Without Harm that put forth lies about the alleged, but unproven, danger of phthalates -- chemicals used to make plastic flexible products for IV bags, nipples, and children’s toys.
Suffice to say Fenton Communications is opposed to anything that has to do with plastic, no matter how useful and safe the product may be. BPA has been in use for over fifty years to line the insides of metal and plastic food containers, protecting against spoilage. More than 6,000 studies have been made over the years and none have demonstrated any hazard.
The Fear Profiteers said:
The anti-BPA propaganda that has been put in motion is multiplied by the countless journalists who simply repeat the lies, accounting for some of the most meretricious misinformation on a daily basis. This in turn is multiplied by the seemingly endless blogs and alleged “health” websites that repeat and repeat it, primarily targeting expectant and new mothers. Another favorite target are men who are told BPA affects their sex drive.
The problem for everyone, everywhere in the world, occurs when governments or entities such as the European Union ban the use of BPA, despite overwhelming evidence of its safe use. That puts everyone at risk for the food-related illnesses that occur when containers no longer have the protection that BPA provides.
Editor’s Note: You can read "The BPA File – Part One" HERE and "The BPA File – Part Two" HERE.
© Alan Caruba, 2011
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