In an opinion piece published April 18, 2013 in Forbes, the journalist Jon Entine from the Genetic Literacy Project criticized the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) for extensively covering a “Dateline” story on a bisphenol A (BPA) biomonitoring experiment. In the “Dateline” report journalist Canning had tested her and her children’s urine for bisphenol A (BPA), triclosan and phthalates (see FPF newsarticle). Levels decreased when Canning avoided known sources of the three chemicals, though no exact levels were reported.
In his opinion piece, Entine criticizes that the chemicals concentrations found by NBC were exceedingly small. Further, he argues that BPA is approved and deemed safe by regulatory agencies and that more than 160 chemicals could be measured in our urine, with most of them posing no concern. Entine concludes that the mere presence of a chemical in urine does not prove it hazardousness.