Head of Canadian Scientific Team Questioned for Bias in Favor of Bisphenol A

Published: 22 June 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

The Globe and Mail reports that Mark Richardson, the head of the Health Canada scientific teams studying the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), has been reassigned while his department investigates whether or not he is too biased in favor of the chemical to “objectively analyze it. According to the report, Richardson has previously endorsed use of bisphenol A, dismissing possible health threats posed by exposure to the substance and “comparing it to eating tofu.” The article further asserts that bisphenol A is a highly controversial chemical as “almost all Canadians have involuntary exposure to it because it is used in such items as hard plastic baby bottles, resins lining food cans and dental composite materials used in white-coloured fillings.”

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