No more toxic BPA in our food

For those in the US, a simple petition to sign in the process to have BPA banned from food-related packaging

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/fda_no_bpa

Canada already banned BPA in 2008 in infant food containers, and there was a more widespread voluntary withdrawal of BPA products by retailers, likely anticipating (and so avoiding) consumer backlash. If the sorts of people you want around are ones who are healthier rather than less healthy, but this is news to you, then check out the info below, drawn from Mothering:

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical which has been linked to reproductive abnormalities, increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease, has been restricted in some states and entirely in Canada due to the associated health concerns. Concerns about the chemical in food containers, plastic bottles, and toys have been increasingly discussed and debated over the past few years as the Food and Drug Administration decides what a “safe” level of exposure to BPA might be. This month, Consumer Reports published the results of their latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans of 19 name-brand foods. Their tests found that almost all contain measurable levels of BPA, including those labeled “organic” and in some foods labeled “BPA-free.”

The results are reported in the December 2009 issue of Consumer Reports, available free online.

Other Mothering articles which include information about BPA:

Out of the Mouths of Babes by Mary Brune
Canada to Declare BPA Toxic and Ban Baby Bottles

Drink Deeply, From The Safest Container
Sustainable You
by Peggy OMra

Finally for now, The Health Gazette’s recent “Where are you getting your bisphenol A?” is a useful introduction and overview, circa early November 2009.

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One thought on “No more toxic BPA in our food

  1. Given your strong coverage of BPA, I think you’ll find EWG’s new biomonitoring report interesting and relevant (released it 12/2/09). We tested the cord blood of 10 infants in racial and ethnic minority groups, and found a number of previously undetected chemicals, BPA among them.

    You can read the full report here: http://bit.ly/8pJLLs. Or (if you’re like me and eternally short on time…) head straight for the 3-page Exec Summary, FAQ, or our Healthy Pregnancy Tips! Feel free to get in touch with me: lisa@ewg.org.

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