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Fake Plastic Bottles

9:53 AM MDT | September 22, 2009 | By VINCENT VALK

OK, so I was going to love this story. It involves a bottle that was supposed to be BPA free, but really isn't, a company that is trying to cash in on the BPA frenzy, and my favorite rock band.

Somewhat predictably, while ACC is battling to keep bisephenol-A in the marketplace, famously left-leaning (but oddly business-savvy) British rock band Radiohead has been marketing a BPA-free water bottle made by Sigg to fans through W.A.S.TE., the band's merchandising outfit. But older Sigg bottles apparently have trace amounts of BPA! Is the whole thing an accident waiting to happen?

Well, this Radiohead fan is not particularly frightened, and I've been drinking from those horribly toxic regular water bottles (and cups!) all this time. You see, as I pointed out in March, while there is some concern over exposure to BPA, the evidence is inconclusive. This is according to the National Toxicology Program, whose perspective I trust more on these matters than that of Cal Dooley or Thom Yorke. That's not to say that we shouldn't be on guard for problems, or that industry should not strive to find a material with no safety concerns whatsoever to replace BPA. But, to paraphrase Gothamist quoting Idioteque, you might be scaremongering, and we're not sure if this is happening.

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