Industry Shifts on BPA After Spending Millions to Fight Legislation

"The email from the American Chemistry Council took Gretchen Lee Salter's breath away. The ACC email that arrived Friday afternoon said there's no reason to worry about bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and children's sippy cups because the controversial plastic additive is no longer used in those products in the United States."

"The trade group's announcement came after Salter, the policy manager of the Breast Cancer Fund, had spent the past six years on the frontlines of a major battle over California legislation to ban BPA from those products.

Salter's group and others were able to declare victory when Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed A.B. 1319 into law last week -- only to see ACC say three days later that the problem does not exist.

To Salter, something didn't ring true.

'The amount of resources they poured into states trying to regulate baby bottles and sippy cups and the amount of resources they poured into California,' Salter said, then paused. 'To all of the sudden say, 'Folks, there is no problem here, we don't use BPA anyway.' It's this weird, almost Orwellian double speak.'"

Jeremy P. Jacobs reports for Greenwire October 12, 2011.

Source: Greenwire, 10/13/2011