Sunday, January 17, 2010

Irony Alert

In a big reversal on definitely saying that the plastic Bisphenol A (BPA) is not a safety concern, the US FDA is now recommending that consumers take steps to minimize exposure to it while further studies are initiated to check for subtler effects of the chemical on the human body.
"The agency said Friday that it had “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children,” and would join other federal health agencies in studying the chemical in both animals and humans."

Today, a new ecstatic 'could be' wonder plastic product and use for it is being touted in an article:
'A Clear Coating, with Green Applications'. Just coat everything in sight with this 'new improved formula' and you won't have to do the dishes ever. Everything would just slide off with a water wash. Now, as a matter of principle, anything that makes for less housework is a winner in my book. Especially dishes. That, and getting off my kids' backs in reminding them to brush their teeth before they all rot and fall out.
In fact, the article's author makes so bold as to suggest in the final lines that:
"Here’s one suggestion for him: Come up with a permanent self-cleaning shield for our teeth. Then, in addition to dishwashing, we could eliminate another chore: daily brushing."
Now, wait a minute, before we mob the stores to buy this 'Wonder Wash' ($9.99 + Shipping and Handling, but wait, there's more if you order now from 1-800-WASH...). I suppose it's time to take a deep breath and not rush to conclusions before the FDA investigates the chemicals used in this wonder product .
How deflating!


Lekhni said...

What, he didn't think of coating himself with that chemical too - then he need never have another shower ?

Sujatha said...

I'm sure someone will use this amazing material to make 'clothes that never need washing' or such. But as to coating himself with that, it might be a beauty no-no, as the experts tell us that our skin pores need to breathe. :)

Lekhni said...

What if they find that the stuff also tans your skin ? I bet people will happily coat themselves with it :)

Sujatha said...

I'm sure they will.
Especially with the NYTimes no longer available to give out free op-eds regarding the dangers of the new chemical.
Boo-hoo! I'm already starting the mourning here, even though they will start charging only from next year.