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In late February, French lawmakers voted to ban the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in all food packaging. It was a gutsy move, putting the health of Europeans ahead of big-business interests.
Better still, it may give the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
the nudge it needs to likewise vote to keep BPA away from Americans’
food and drinks.
study from Harvard’s School of Public Health
found a link between behavioral issues in preschool-age girls and
mothers with high BPA levels - the higher the mothers’ BPA levels,
the worse their daughters rated on standard behavior tests.
According to the NRDC, the FDA, which is legally mandated to respond to written petitions within 180 days, ignored the petition, prompting the NRDC to file a suit, requiring it to respond.
After baby bottles warmed in microwaves were found to release BPA into infants’ milk,
The U.S., however, still allows BPA in baby bottles, though,
...have enacted state-level regulations
Colorado is working on it.
Two companies, Dow Chemical and Bayer AG, produce “the bulk of BPA in world,” says the USDA report, and it estimates that,
Products primarily affected by the ban, it adds:
U.S. brands including,
...already use BPA-free containers for some or all of their products, and,
...have begun a move in that direction, according to the report, suggesting there are already a number of models in place and ditching BPA isn’t terribly difficult or unfathomable.
For smart companies, there’s even a
marketing opportunity in it.
Even within hours of a single meal, researchers saw a notable jump.
While the rise in BPA concentrations may be temporary, Michels added, the report’s findings could be of particular concern,
The new French law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Let’s hope a similar U.S. law follows shortly behind it.
Campbell’s Drops BPA in Response to Health
After their products were confirmed to have some of the highest BPA levels among canned foods tested in independent research, consumers have been calling upon Campbell’s to stop using bisphenol A (BPA) in their popular canned soups.
Linked to breast cancer in over 130 studies as well as diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and depression, BPA is comprising the health of many. Despite this scientific evidence, Campbell’s and some stubborn public health organizations still continue to assert that BPA is completely safety.
Nonetheless, the company is making the
move in response to the powerful concerns raised by consumers and
health advocates alike, representing a major victory and
highlighting the power of vital health activism.
With the final decision coming by March 31, the agency said that it is actually considering a ban on BPA usage in all food packaging. It is not yet certain if the FDA will follow through with the decision, as it took the organization 41 months to even respond to the original petition calling for the ban.
In fact, the FDA says that the potential
U.S. ban of BPA originally dates back to a 2008 lawsuit filed
against the FDA by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Now, the final notice will be known at
the end of the month. The report comes at a time where many nations
are taking action against BPA, with France banning the use of BPA in
all food packaging back in February.
Campbell’s removing BPA from their products is a result of real activism, protecting the consumer in the absence of FDA action through grassroots initiatives.
With BPA being removed from the
industry, it is now time to target mercury-filled high-fructose corn
genetically modified foods.