Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). (Credit: AFGE/flickr)

FDA under scrutiny: Policymakers, advocates push for stronger science, regulation of the chemical BPA

"The mindless clinging to outdated science is detrimental to public health and to the development of good science"

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) was pregnant with her second child when she became concerned about the toxic chemicals that she and her kids — and nearly all of us — encounter every day.

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BPA testing in the lab of Cheryl Rosenfeld, a University of Missouri researcher. (Credit: Cheryl Rosenfeld)

Exposed: A scientific stalemate leaves our hormones and health at risk

This is part 1 of a 4-part investigation of the science surrounding the chemical BPA and the U.S. regulatory push to discredit independent evidence of harm while favoring pro-industry science despite significant shortcomings.

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Researcher Pat Hunt at her Washington State University lab. (Credit: Lynne Peeples)

Exposed: On the edge of research honesty

This is part 2 of a 4-part investigation of the science surrounding the chemical BPA and the U.S. regulatory push to discredit independent evidence of harm while favoring pro-industry science despite significant shortcomings.

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Researcher Pat Hunt with lab mice in her Washington State University lab. (Credit: Lynne Peeples)

Exposed: Deciphering the real message about BPA

This is part 3 of a 4-part investigation of the science surrounding the chemical BPA and the U.S. regulatory push to discredit independent evidence of harm while favoring pro-industry science despite significant shortcomings.

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Valspar cans. (Credit Lynne Peeples)

Exposed: Toward a BPA-free future

This is part 4 of a 4-part investigation of the science surrounding the chemical BPA and the U.S. regulatory push to discredit independent evidence of harm while favoring pro-industry science despite significant shortcomings.

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Despite findings that tiny amounts of BPA impact health, FDA sticks to its message

Government regulators and academic scientists are at odds over findings from a novel collaborative study on the potential health effects of bisphenol-A (BPA).

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In a scientific first, researchers gave people BPA — and saw a link to precursor of type 2 diabetes

A first-of-its-kind study of a small group of people exposed to a very small amount of bisphenol-A (BPA) is raising questions about the federal government's stance that low doses of the common chemical are safe — as well as the ethics of conducting such an experiment on humans.

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Are hazardous vapors seeping into your basement?

September 5, 2017 — When Jane Horton bought her dream 800-square-foot farmhouse in 1975, she thought little of the semiconductor manufacturing plant across the street. Even after the company’s buildings were demolished and a chain-link fence went up around the campus, she still had no knowledge of the toxic dangers lurking beneath her feet — let alone of the fact that they were invading her home.

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