—Restricting Bisphenol A “” We must take issue with the letter from Massachusetts State Rep. John Keenan (D-Salem) in which he describes as "solid" the scientific research backing the connection between certain chemicals in toys and harm to human health (C&EN, May 7, page 11). His conclusion stands in stark contrast to those of independent scientific reviews of bisphenol A, one of the chemicals to which he refers, conducted by national and international organizations. None of these reviews has found scientific grounds for restricting bisphenol A in any products, including children's products. In January, the European Food Safety Agency, following a review by 21 independent European scientists, raised its Tolerable Daily Intake for bisphenol A, concluding that "low-dose effects of [bisphenol A] in rodents have not been demonstrated in a robust and reproducible way."
June 18, 2007