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"Mr. Philbert's role in determining the safety of BPA should be re-evaluated," said DeLauro. "If the FDA fails to address this issue, I would urge Mr. Philbert to recuse himself."
Michigan Democratic Reps. John Dingell and Bart Stupak, leaders of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, said they would investigate the potential conflict.
The grant to the university came from Charles Gelman, an alumnus who ran a successful manufacturing company. In the 1980s Gelman's firm was embroiled in a pollution case with Michigan authorities.
Philbert was part of a group from the university that made presentations to Gelman to ask for money. On several occasions, Gelman tried to bring up the subject of BPA safety, Philbert said. But the professor said he cut the conversation off. "As soon as I comprehended the substance, I interrupted politely and said this is inappropriate," Philbert said.
Philbert said Gelman's gift to the university did not strike him as relevant under the FDA's conflict of interest rules. "I don't declare any of the gifts given to the university," he said. "I don't benefit from this financially, therefore it just doesn't occur to me as a conflict."
His committee's bisphenol safety report is expected at the end of the month.
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