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