Media

Listen to the Science: Experts Say BPA is Safe!

To share clear, science-based statements from two prominent government agencies, ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group is encouraging consumers and manufacturers to: “Listen to the Science.” A campaign with this theme was launched today to highlight recent declarations about the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and [...]

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How many beagles does it take to prove BPA is safe?

It’s time to call off the dogs, says the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ recently highlighted announcements from important scientific and regulatory bodies in Europe and the United States that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in consumer products for people of all ages, including unborn children and infants. The Journal also criticized the [...]

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Enjoy your French fries and ignore the hype about BPA

This week, yet another new bisphenol A (BPA) study hit the news after being announced with a sensationalistic press release. The study appears to have been designed not to benefit public health, but to create drama. The study, from Frederick vom Saal and co-workers at the University of Missouri, examined potential exposure to BPA from [...]

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6 chemical myths debunked: New guide helps consumers see through common misconceptions

If there were ever a guide to help put to bed the all-too-common myths about chemicals in our daily lives, this might just be it. Making Sense of Chemical Stories, re-published in May by Sense About Science with support from the Royal Society of Chemistry, culls from the opinion of nearly two dozen independent scientists. And they [...]

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Misinformation fuels misplaced concerns over flame retardants

Recent media events have focused on debates about fire safety standards and flame retardants. The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA)—a group strongly committed to improving fire safety—welcomes an open public discussion on the facts about these important compounds that help keep Americans out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, the heightened interest in fire safety has [...]

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Media roundup: Who’s talking about the $100B manufacturing investment milestone

The American Chemistry Council recently announced that potential new U.S. chemical industry investment spurred by shale gas has surpassed $100 billion. The nearly 150 projects that have been reported – restarts, expansions, and brand new facilities – could create an estimated $81 billion per year in new chemical industry output and 637,000 permanent jobs by [...]

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Faulty science comments can quickly spin out of control

Just in the past few days we have seen an exquisite example of how inaccurate, unfounded, faulty scientific statements can quickly cause unwarranted public alarm.  A professor in West Virginia made unsupported public statements that he ‘guaranteed’ some residents in the state were breathing in formaldehyde gas at unsafe levels as they were enjoying their [...]

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Dr. Oz does disservice to family safety by using scare tactics, not science, on show

In the most recent example of misinformation about flame retardants, the “Dr. Oz Show” hosted the producers of the HBO docudrama, “Toxic Hot Seat.” In an earlier blog posting we discussed many of the misleading claims the docudrama makes about flame retardants, but in light of the discussion that took place with Dr. Oz, we [...]

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New York Times columnist and new docudrama mislead public on importance of flame retardants, strong fire safety standards

New York Times reporter Nick Kristof today published a column on the new HBO docudrama “Toxic Hot Seat,” scheduled to air on November 25, 2013. Unfortunately, Kristof and the directors of the docudrama have recycled old and incomplete information that paints a misleading picture about current regulations and the importance of flame retardants to fire [...]

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20 things media, public should keep in mind when assessing scientific results

(Nature) Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the application of science to policy — from energy to health and environment to education. . . . To this end, we suggest 20 concepts that should be part of the education of [...]

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