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Plastics Industry Uses Social Media to Mislead Public

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 | Comments (1)
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CarteauxBy Sarah E. Brown

Lies, propaganda, and hypocrisy—this is what we have come to expect from Bill Carteaux, President of the Society of the Plastics Industry, which represents manufacturers of thousands of products made with BPA with sales topping $6 billion per year.

Carteaux is leading industry efforts to stamp out public outcry for a ban of bisphenol A, a key ingredient in some hard, clear plastic products. Carteaux seems to have made it his mission to divert public attention from the numerous studies that have linked BPA to breast cancer, testicular cancer, reproductive deformities and neurological defects.

Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which had relied on studies funded by industry to determine the safety of BPA, has admitted they may have made a miscalculation of BPA’s risks and is reconsidering its initial determination. The decision is expected by Nov. 30.

To counteract the growing concern over the safety of BPA, the industry has launched a public relations campaign that smacks of the back-handed tactics the tobacco industry used in its long-running fight against regulation.

While public interest organizations like Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) have used social media to make the public aware of the health threats and massive industry deception campaigns surrounding BPA, chemical makers and plastics industry executives are putting up their own versions of news clips on social media outlets such as YouTube, MySpace, Wikipedia, Twitter and blogs.

Often, these clips are masqueraded as impartial, unbiased information and rarely disclose the source of each study or the truth that it is being financed by industry dollars and written by a crew of chemical industry public relations writers.

Click here to read more about the chemical industry’s efforts to stamp out public concern over BPA.

Comments on this post

After you posted this story about the Chemistry Lobbyist 'infomercials' about how any claim that some plastics for sale are not safe are "Internet Hoaxes" like the one that says Taco Bell purchased the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Bell - the American Chemistry Council pulled their videos from YouTube.

Amazingly, they still have the videos live on their Vimeo page.

Here is a great one where the lobbyists tell us that plastics (that contain BPA for instance) are safe because they wouldn't be for sale on the shelves if they weren't!