Is public concern about bisphenol A safety rooted in science, or in poor journalism? According to Jon Entine, director of the Genetic Literacy Project at STATS, the problem lies with ink-stained wretches (like me). Entine wrote a blistering column for The American, the Journal of the American Enterprise Insititute, where he pronounces BPA safe and says the problem is that journalists have an anti-plastics bias. His latest example: the lack of coverage of a comprehensive review of BPA safety from the German Society of Toxicology, which concluded that "[BPA] exposure represents no noteworthy risk to the health of the human population, including newborns and babies." "Although this evaluation is noteworthy because of its prestigious authorship, it will come as news only to those who ... well, it will probably come as news to almost all readers," Entine wrote. "Many journalists long ago signed the 'plastics are dangerous' pledge and have ignored the slew of recent comprehensive international meta-reviews that contradicted that narrative." STATS is affiliated with the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
STATS calls BPA a 'journalistic controversy'
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