|Bisphenol A Myths
Myth: Government regulators routinely defer to industry officials and delay regulatory action to restrict bisphenol A at the request of industry.
Reality: Agencies apply their established review rules to the regulatory process, and that includes having staff review data from all stakeholders. In the world of product regulation, the makers of the products understandably have large amounts of information about their products, including scientific data on bisphenol A (BPA).
Manufacturers submit this data to the agencies, and frequently there are follow-on meetings to review and discuss the data. Other stakeholders have equal opportunity to submit data and discuss the science that has been submitted through this open, established public process.
Government regulators, furthermore, must follow legal and policy requirements in making decisions on matters of public health and the safety of consumer products. While industry data may be considered in those decisions, regulators are obligated to follow the science on bisphenol A and gather input from a wide range of stakeholders.
For example, the key studies on which experts, government officials and industry rely for the conclusion that there are no reproductive or developmental effects from exposure to bisphenol A at levels anywhere near levels a consumer might encounter include:
- A continuous breeding study in mice, conducted by the U.S. government's National Toxicology Program that showed no effects on reproduction at high doses.
- A study conducted at the Research Triangle Institute that examined parents and three offspring generations of rats exposed to bisphenol A. No evidence of developmental or reproductive effects was found at any level remotely close to levels consumers might encounter.
- A similar two-generation study sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, which also found no developmental or reproductive effects at any dose tested. This study also included two behavioral tests of offspring, including a learning test, and found no effect of BPA at any dose.
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