Tufts University Researcher Claims Canadians Confused about BPA
In an academic analysis, a Tufts University researcher has reportedly called
for “strong legislation” to protect Canadians from continued exposure to
bisphenol A (BPA) in light of Canada last year becoming the first country
to declare the chemical a toxic substance. Laura Vandenberg, “Exposure
to bisphenol A in Canada: invoking the precautionary principle,” Canadian
Medical Association Journal, February 2011. Although noting that Canadians
have half the levels of BPA in their bodies as Americans—reasons for which
may include the absence of Canadian BPA production plants—Vandenberg
suggests that the lack of a BPA ban in Canada puzzles consumers.
“Health Canada continues to maintain that bisphenol A is safe at current exposure levels and does not pose any risk to the general population; regulations to remove bisphenol A from all food-contact sources, or ban it completely, are not yet forthcoming, presenting a conflict that is likely to confuse the public,” Vandenberg wrote. “By invoking the precautionary principle, Health Canada has both the power and responsibility to restrict human exposure to BPA.” See FoodProductionDaily.com, February 23, 2011.