Jeff Stier

And now after all the reviews, Senators Schumer and Feinstein think they know better than the scientists. Eager to earn points with their base, they are ignoring the science and the experts at FDA so they can make political hay based on the fears of their frightened constituents. This politically-fueled amendment is doing more than threatening the food-safety bill and the U.S. regulatory system's reliance on science-based decision making; it is threatening the economy and public health.

Banning BPA would be financially devastating to an already challenged economy. This unfounded ban could shutter canneries and other manufacturing facilities, putting many thousands out of work. Banning the use of BPA in the canning process would raise the cost for many products, severely harming the food and beverage manufacturing industry, and increasing the cost of canned food and drinks for everyone.

This bill also ignores the fact that there is no practical, safe, and affordable alternative for BPA in many products. Prior to the use of can liners made with BPA, packaged food contamination, including botulism, was a serious public health problem. Banning BPA would jeopardize food safety and public health in general - ironically, the exact thing the Food Safety Modernization Act is meant to protect.

Once again, busy-body government officials are trying to interfere with the daily life of Americans, and by doing so, threatening to aggrandize federal agencies' power and reduce consumer choice while increasing consumer costs. It's bad enough when environmental alarmists and media presume to know better than science, but it's downright frightening when legislators buy into their propaganda.

Jeff Stier

Jeff Stier is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research and directs its Risk Analysis Division. You can follow him on Twitter at @JeffAStier.