• greg j April 27, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Janem, You might want to check a few things on this.
    First, what plastic bottles did Coke ever use that contain BPA? Are you referring to their PET bottles? Nope. HDPE? Nope. PP? Nope.
    2nd. If you look at who sponsored the resolution (Pax, Domini etc) you would see that they are activist shareholder groups who get their street cred in the social responsible mutual fund circles by acting tough. They have never won on these resolutions and never will and they know this. But they have to act tough to differentiate themselves for their money-wary liberal customers. Its not like they know enough on the background either way.
    3rd. The science isn’t so cut & dry. It isn’t just industry that says BPA is safe. It’s every food safety and regulatory authority in the world! Europe, Australia, Japan, US, Germany, UK, Canada, NewZealand, France. Even Canada and the FDA scientists say its safe despite what their political appointees say. Don’t believe this? go check the actual FDA risk assessment @
    In document 1 you will see that the lowest no-observable effect level is 5 mg/kg/day and in document 4 you will see that the highest consumption rate is 1.1 MICROgram/kg/day. so almost 5000 times lower consumption than risk.
    The fact of the matter is that some politicians are either running scared or eager show ‘enviro’/health&safety cred. and step over the science. Either way BPA is safe and legally speaking any attempt to restrict its use doesn’t have a scientific leg to stand on.

    • admin April 28, 2010 at 11:36 am

      Hi Greg J, Thanks for your comments. It speaks to the difficulties even the FDA has had in assessing the risk–or lack thereof–of BPA. Agreed the science is not so cut and dry. However, the very fact that the FDA back peddled earlier this year and now states…
      “… that recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. FDA also recognizes substantial uncertainties with respect to the overall interpretation of these studies and their potential implications for human health effects of BPA exposure. These uncertainties relate to issues such as the routes of exposure employed, the lack of consistency among some of the measured endpoints or results between studies, the relevance of some animal models to human health, differences in the metabolism (and detoxification) of and responses to BPA both at different ages and in different species, and limited or absent dose response information for some studies.

      FDA is pursuing additional studies to address the uncertainties in the findings, seeking public input and input from other expert agencies, and supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA to be able to respond quickly, if necessary, to protect the public.

      In addition, FDA is supporting reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA, including actions by industry and recommendations to consumers on food preparation. At this time, FDA is not recommending that families change the use of infant formula or foods, as the benefit of a stable source of good nutrition outweighs the potential risk of BPA exposure.”

      tends to give us here at pause.

      As for your comment re: the activist groups’ sponsorship, I look at this in a non-partisan manner–when it comes to public safety, I don’t care whose agenda or interests are at stake (and no, I’m not naive about such); if at the end of the day it spurs on additional–conclusive–research in the name of the greater good and the safety of our infants, children and selves, so be it. I’m sure we’ll all be staying tuned to this topic…

  • Tara June 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

    There is so much hidden from consumer have you ever read on any pepsi or coke product that it is addictive the harm and health issue that results from drinking their dark sodas , they call diet ,when you try to stop drinking it you go into witdraw has anyone every bother to fully research what really is in their products fda where are they??

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