CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 29, 1975
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) partial ban on polyvinyl chloride food packaging attacked.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Ban would include hard plastic covers of luncheon meats, vegetables and olive oil, mouthwash, jelly, honey and syrup. FDA allows clear film-type wrapping because no evidence vinyl chloride gas trapped inside packages to cause contamination. [FDA Commissioner Dr. Alexander SCHMIDT - feels vinyl chloride will turn out to be potent cause of cancer.] Plastics industry and Ralph Nader group unhappy with ban. [Public citizen's health research group Anita JOHNSON - says FDA has come halfway to meet customer expectation that all food should be free from vinyl chloride.] [President Society of Plastics Ind. Ralph HARDING JR. - says no risk to public with these products. FDA hasn't banned product.] Ban won't go into effect for 90 days.
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw
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