I told you about an effort to take the fight to ban BPA’s, or bisphenol A, a toxic chemical that alters hormones because it acts like estrogen in the male and female body, and is linked to several types of cancer, to Capitol Hill, about a week ago.
Well, the fight has been lost and the FDA has sided with the food and packaging industry, refusing to ban BPA’s from packaging for now. The Food and Drug Administration has said that there is not enough evidence to back up the claims that BPA’s are linked to the health issues that consumer advocates say they are linked to and rejected the bid to ban it.
The consumer advoacacy groups wanted it removed from packaging where human consumption was involved – so foods and canned foods, packaging for beverages and anything that people can eat or drink. The chemical is used as a hardening agent in plastic bottles and as a lining in many metal cans and other types of packaging.
It is absolutely everywhere right now, unless you pay more for the stuff that specifically avoids this chemical.
This is definitely a setback, but I’m sure that the groups that have fought for it will continue the good fight and hopefully we can see this banned in the next few years.