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Potential Ban on Chemicals, Including BPA

Potential Ban on Chemicals, Including BPA

Recently reported by CNN.com, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts are introducing a bill later this month that will give the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences the ability to ban as many as 10 harmful chemicals currently being used in common household and food products.

Once the NIEHS has named a chemical as “high concern,” its use is illegal after 24 months. Bisphenol A, or BPA, used in plastics, canned goods, and known to be an endocrine disruptor, is one of the chemicals facing the cut.

Harmful chemicals such as BPA and DES, a chemical found in cattle feed and breast cancer treatment medicine, can affect how hormones operate and lead to birth defects such as neurological disorders or autism, according to the report.

“The chemicals, which can be either naturally occurring or artificial, are found in everyday products like detergents, flame retardants, foods and cosmetics,” states author William Hudson at CNN. Processed foods should also come under review, with many of their ingredient lists consisting of nothing but chemical ingredients.

The bill is likely to be met with resistance from groups lobbying on behalf of chemical manufacturers and corporations behind these “high concern” chemicals.

If the bill passes, consumers can expect to see many canned goods, processed foods, and even some pesticide-soaked produce removed from grocery stores. Food producers would finally be required to provide healthier and safer products for consumers.

Frederick vom Saal from the Endocrine Society told CNN “[The United States is] almost like a third world country when it comes to regulating chemicals. It’s very difficult for people interested in the public’s health to understand how does this become a political, partisan, issue when people on both sides have family that are showing diseases related to these chemicals. What is going on here?”

This is just another reminder to eat as cleanly and close to the source as possible. All chemicals introduced into our bodies should be considered a “high concern”, and limited as much as possible.

 

Learn more about protecting your health:

BPA Compound Found in Canned Goods

Where Do Chemicals in Our Foods Come From?

Can Chemicals be Washed Off Your Produce?

 

By Jamie Birdwell for DietsInReview.com

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12:10PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Thanks for the info!~

9:33PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

With the tens of thousands of untested chemicals we're exposed to everyday, it would be nice to see a few more disappear. The sooner, the better.

3:35PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

I agree with Thomas N. wholeheartedly. Get more petitions on this subject, please.

1:33PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

And now I want to know who runs the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. What are the chances that this will also be overtaken by political or corporate interests?

7:31AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Give me some petitions to sign about this now. Finally some legislation that we actually need! We need to get our eating habits and food sources pure and right and we need to erase all of these toxic chemicals that have been put into this world from corporate greed and erroneous research as well as the lack there of.

5:14AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

About time!!!

7:18PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

It's about time! Maybe we should take this as a lesson and learn from it...chemicals do not help the human body or the earth. Let's get it right already!

4:12PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

GOOD

2:40PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Thanks for the good news...hope it's soon a done deal.

11:07AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Good to hear. I hope it happens. I've pretty much stopped buying any canned goods all together.

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