BPF and NHS hit out at BPA coverage
The British Plastics Federation and National Health Service have sharply criticised the latest UK newspaper reporting on Bisphenol A.
By David Eldridge
Posted 6 August 2010
The BPF said coverage of BPA in The Daily Mail, Metro and The Daily Telegraph had “widely exaggerated” potential effects of and human exposure to BPA.
The newspapers made claims for a link between exposure to BPS and male infertility, based on a study carried out by researchers from the University of Michigan, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, in the US.
The BPF said of the newspaper coverage: “Key studies demonstrating the safety of BPA as well as authority opinions such as the EU Risk Assessment and the European Food Safety Authority s assessments were ignored.
“The BPF is concerned that interest in Bisphenol A is reaching the level of a witch hunt with studies which have failed to provide reproducible results.
“The fact is that human exposure to BPA is extremely low and the use of BPA-based consumer products does not involve a risk to humans as concluded by the authorities.
“A fertile mind can create scare stories about any substance.”
The NHS website carried a statement in response to the newspaper claims which said the research study had “several limitations”. It said: “The main ones are that the results were not statistically significant, the study design cannot show cause and effect and there was no comparison group of men who were not attending an infertility clinic.
The NHS statement continued: “As such, the newspapers have overblown the significance of this research, which does not provide evidence that BPA causes sperm damage or poor sperm quality in humans.”
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