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Congress Considers Legislation to Ban BPA In Storage Containers

Congress Considers Legislation to Ban BPA In Storage Containers

Last week, Sen. Edward Markey, D‐Mass., and Reps. Lois Capps, D-Calif., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., introduced the “Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act of 2014” into both chambers of Congress.  If passed, the bill would:

  • Ban bisphenol-A (BPA) from food and beverage containers. BPA is a carbon-based synthetic compound used to make various plastics and epoxy resins.
  • Grant waivers to manufacturers seeking safer replacements for BPA while requiring them to place specific warning labels on any packaging that still contains the toxic substance.
  • Mandate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to review the safety of all materials deemed safe for use in food and beverage containers.
  • While there is no current federal legislation banning BPA, 12 states and the District of Columbia have enacted restrictions on its use. On July 17, 2012, the FDA banned usage of BPA in baby bottles and toddler sippy cups.

    According to the Blue Green Alliance and Breast Cancer Fund, more than 300 animal and human studies have linked small amounts of BPA exposure to a range of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, asthma, obesity, behavioral issues, low birth weight, and brain and immune system dysfunction.

    Have thoughts on the bill? Share them with your senators and representative. You can also take some immediate steps to reduce your exposure to BPA.

    By Heidi Wachter, Experience Life

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9:01PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

It's about time the government does something to stop the poisoning of the public.

3:48AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Noted

8:15AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Good news, I hope BPA is banned very soon!

1:14AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

signed

12:20AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thank you

12:18AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thank you

9:00AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

BPA needs to be banned, it is a known safety hazard and there is no reason to have it in storage containers. What are they waiting for, it is common sense to exclude this toxin.

8:33AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

ty for posting

1:14AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

I have been using plastic containers for years, starting way back when Tupperware was the fashion and moving to modern versions easily bought in any supermarket. I have freezer bags full of food in my freezer and a variety of other foods stored in the refrigerator in plastic bags in plastic tubs. On none of the bags or tubs does it say if it contains BPA in any amount or show any warning! I enquired at the local Tesco supermarket if their cash register slips, handled by everyone, and other plastics in store contain BPA and no one there knows what BPA is. No one has a clue!

In the mean time we have to buy food packed in cans lined with plastic, items wrapped in cling film and shrink wrap and packed in extra plastic and we eat food that has been exposed to plastic residues every day. This is besides all the other noxious residues found in and on our food. Where we live we are almost entirely dependent on our local supermarket, Tesco, who are in no way interested in any of this! We find ourselves in a seemingly impossible situation!

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