Controversy over Bisphenol A

    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - The debate continues to rage over Bisphenol A,
an industrial compound shown to leach out of plastic bottles and cans lined
with BPA epoxy resins.
    In a reponse to Chad Born's article in Canadian Water Treatment magazine,
"Eliminating Exposure to BPA," the Canadian Bottled Water Association's
executive director Elizabeth Griswold referenced a May 29 statement from
Minister of Health Tony Clement saying, "Consumers can continue to use
polycarbonate water bottles and consume canned foods and beverages, as the
level of exposure from these products is very low."
    Born's article, which Griswold called "inflammatory" and "biased,"
discusses the possibly "very serious" health effects linked to BPA, from
tumors to the feminization of males. "We have concluded that it is better to
be safe than sorry," stated Minister Clement in an April 18 press conference
regarding the proposal for the federal government to regulate BPA.
    But the Minister's May 2 statement sent a mixed message: "Science tells
us that while exposure levels are below those that could cause health effects;
they are close to the levels where potential effects could occur."
    How have other industry leaders weighed in on the BPA debate? How has the
controversy been linked to recent municipal bottled water bans? Read more in
the upcoming "Water Controversies" issue of Canadian Water Treatment magazine,
due out in October.

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