Green Buckeye RN


CHEJ: FDA Fails the Public Again
June 5, 2012, 9:05 am
Filed under: News

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is responsible for safeguarding our food, once again failed the American public when it denied a citizen’s petition to ban the chemical commonly known as BPA from any use where it comes into contact with food.  BPA is widely used in food and beverage containers including Tupperware, baby bottles, and canned food lining.  According to the FDA, the petitioner failed to provide sufficient data to persuade the agency, though FDA says it will continue to review emerging data and information on BPA.

BPA is an endocrine disrupting chemical that is present in small amounts in most plastic and has been found to leach out into food, especially canned food, and from containers such as water bottles.  This chemical acts like estrogen in the body and interferes with normal hormone function. Studies in animals have shown affects on the brain and sexual development.  FDA’s response reflects the agency’s reluctance to regulate in the face of stiff industry opposition. It leaves the public with little choice but to avoid food and beverage containers sold in plastic and to directly pressure manufacturers and retailers to remove BPA from its products. For more information see:

Press release on the FDA decision: http://chej.org/2012/03/fda-caves-into-chemical-industry-pressure/

No Silver Lining, An Investigation into Bisphenol A in Canned Foods at http://ej4all.org/contaminatedwithoutconsent/nosilverlining.php.

Baby’s Toxic Bottle: http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/BabysToxicBottle.pdf

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