Industry fights effort to ban chemical in baby products
State official, scientist criticize a chemical-industry backed campaign to keep potentially dangerous baby products on the market.
A chemical industry-backed lobbying group has mounted a statewide campaign to convince Californians that a potentially dangerous compound found in baby products and canned goods is safe, and warns that if efforts to ban it are successful, "going to a grocery store may never be the same." State officials and scientists say the ads are misleading and designed to scare consumers into keeping products that could harm children on the market.
"This kind of stuff just drives people in science crazy," he said. "(Scientists) live in a world where if you don't tell the truth, you're excommunicated. From the tobacco industry on down, corporations figure that anything they do to protect their profits is O.K."