Who will watch the watchdogs?

OPINION: Where are the independent voices that can bring reason
to the debate about Bisphenol A? Richard Moore details the canmaking industry’s position

In the current heated public debate on Bisphenol A (BPA), it is striking that nearly every press and television item has aligned with the conventional wisdom that the BPA in can coatings is a harmful chemical, responsible for obesity, breast cancer, hyper activity in children, reduced sperm count, and a dozen other ‘modern’ illnesses.

In reality the media are relying entirely on the views of a small but vocal group of activists using controversial research methods. Properly conducted science-based studies showing no adverse effect have been consistently ignored. In the absence of any kind of balanced view, let me use this venerable column to give the other side of the story: