A 3-year-old petition to ban the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from food packaging by an environmental group in NY is still going on. They are trying to sue in NY Federal Court.
BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins and other products; which are used to make baby bottles, disposable water bottles, CDs, DVDs, food cans, water supply pipes and some dental sealants. Extensive testing has been done and there is some concern for effects on brain behavior, prostate glands in fetuses and children, breast and uterine cancer, earlier puberty for females, as well as concern that exposure to BPA in pregnant women will result in fetal or neonatal mortality, birth defects, or reduced birth weight and growth in offspring, asthma, cardiovascular disease, etc.
It is said that BPA enters the body through diet primarily but also through air, dust, and water. BPA – which is found in food and water – accounts for the majority of daily human exposure.
BPA was first approved by the U.S. FDA in the early 1960s. Due to the uncertainty regarding BPA use in certain food contact materials, NIEHS made BPA research a priority. Failure of the FDA to pass this bill seems strictly based on profits rather than the safety and well-being of innocent American men, women, and children. Imagine feeding a two-day-old baby formula from a plastic bottle containing toxic BPA.
TheFDA should heed the data that has been accumulated that exposes BPA as a potentially health-threatening chemical. Sufficient information is available that points fingers directly at BPA as the cause of birth defects, asthma, cardiovascular disease, just to name a few consequences of allowing the production of BPA to continue. In such a technology-advanced society we live in, you must ask yourself why we haven’t found a safer alternative for all these products. Could these manufacturers have one thing – their wallets – in mind?
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