In the same controversy and issue of the BPA exposure to the public, the LA Times recently published an article exposing the link between the federal agency accessing the dangers and the chemical industry, in what is being accused of a conflict of interest. Conflict of interests are often times found to be complimentary interests internally. At least to each other, at the expense and disinterest of everyone else.
(via: LA Times) Public health agency linked to chemical industry
The work of a federal risk-assessment center is guided by a company with manufacturing ties. Some scientists see bias.
For nearly a decade, a federal agency has been responsible for assessing the dangers that chemicals pose to reproductive health. But much of the agency’s work has been conducted by a private consulting company that has close ties to the chemical industry, including manufacturers of a compound in plastics that has been linked to reproductive damage.
In 1998, the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction was established within the National Institutes of Health to assess the dangers of chemicals and help determine which ones should be regulated. Sciences International, an Alexandria, Va., consulting firm that has been funded by more than 50 industrial companies, has played a key role in the center’s activities, reviewing the risks of chemicals, preparing reports, and helping select members of its scientific review panel and setting their agendas, according to government and company documents.
The company produces the first draft of the center’s reports on the risks of chemicals, including a new one on bisphenol A, a widely used compound in polycarbonate plastic food containers, including baby bottles, as well as lining for food cans.