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  • 'BPA-Free' Plastics on Trial in Texas

    This is huge. This article in the Washington Spectator, 'What Producers of BPA Learned From Big Tobacco,' is a must-read. 

    Here's the Spectator's original investigative piece:  'Silencing Science: What You May Never Know About Plastic Baby Bottles.' 

    Excerpt: 

    This summer in a federal courtroom in Texas, attorneys for a Tennessee corporation with $9 billion in market capitalization will try to convince a federal judge to suppress the findings of a small, private lab in Austin. The lab, founded by a professor from the University of Texas, determined that resins produced by Eastman Chemical Company, and plastic consumer goods made from those resins, contain “estrogenic-active” chemical compounds that scientific research describes as a health risk, particularly to fetuses, infants, and children.

    Eastman is asking a federal judge and jury to silence the professor and the small group of scientists who are co-owners of two Texas labs.

    The pre-trial phase of the lawsuit is being conducted under extraordinary suppression of information and documents, at request of the plaintiff, Eastman Chemical.

    The Spectator has reviewed hundreds of pages of documents, vital to the public interest, about products consumed by millions of people every day

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    Eastman was perfectly positioned for a public health crisis in the plastic business. In 2007, it began marketing its trademarked Tritan plastic resins, advertised not only as BPA-free, but EA-free.

    That is, a resin that is not only not BPA, but is free from the estrogenic health-risks associated with BPA. Consumers using bottles or food containers made from Eastman Tritan resin would not be ingesting a leachate of chemicals that bind to estrogen receptors in the body.

    Producers of plastic containers shifted from BPA to the resins that Eastman advertised as the solution to health risks biologists and toxicologists found in polycarbonate products made from BPA.

    Nalgene (water bottles), Thermos Foggo (sippy cups), Sonoma (wine glasses), to name a few brands, turned to EA-free Tritan as an alternative to plastics that leach EA chemicals.

    But what if plastic made from Eastman resin is not EA-free? In 2008, Dr. George Bittner, a University of Texas neurobiology professor and CEO of CertiChem, set out to answer that question.

    Bittner’s answer is the issue of contention."

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