NIEHS Director Steps Down after Report on BPA

Published: 22 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that David A. Schwartz, the embattled director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), will temporarily step aside while NIH conducts a broad review of his management and ethics. The announcement reportedly follows a report by a NIEHS-appointed panel of 12 experts who declared they had found little cause for concern about the health effects of the hormone-mimicking chemical bisphenol A (used to line soft drink cans and make plastic food containers) after reviewing documents by Sciences International, which has a reported $5 million contract with NIEHS. The article further reports that a different panel with no connection to NIEHS had earlier found “great cause for concern” that exposure of fetuses and newborns to the chemical may be responsible for a wide range of developmental problems.

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