Leslie Carol Botha: Too little too late FDA. How many millions of infants have been exposed to BPA? Hormone imbalance before they even get their feet on the floor. No wonder breast and prostate cancer rates are going up.
FDA bans BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups
By Amanda Alvarez of the Journal Sentinel
July 17, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is banning the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, a move critics said did not go far enough and was meaningless because most bottle manufacturers had already phased out the use of the chemical.
The announcement was a response to a request from the chemical industry, which hopes the new ruling will calm public fears about bisphenol-A, a chemical used in many common products, including food containers.
U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) on Tuesday filed a petition to broaden the ban to infant formula cans, and the FDA has opened a 60-day public comment period on the matter.
Meanwhile, health and environmental groups argued the ban should cover all food products, such as the linings of soup cans.
BPA, which is also ubiquitous in cash register receipts and plastic products, has been found to play a role in behavioral problems, diabetes and cancers. An estrogen-like chemical, BPA disrupts the body’s normal hormonal function and traces of it can be found in the urine of more than 90% of Americans.
The FDA has argued that BPA’s harmful effects in rodents don’t apply to humans, and is in the process of conducting its own studies on BPA and human health.
Canada and 11 U.S. states, including Wisconsin, already prohibit BPA in baby products.
The Journal Sentinel’s “Chemical Fallout” investigation found that BPA leached from containers when heated, including those marked “BPA-Free.” The newspaper also revealed that government regulators relied on chemical-industry lobbyists to examine BPA’s risks.
Tuesday’s action comes 3½ months after the FDA refused to ban BPA from all food and drink containers, citing inconclusive scientific evidence. That March 30 decision, however, did not endorse BPA as safe.
“The agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food,” said FDA spokesman Curtis Allen on Tuesday. He added that consumers can be confident that baby bottles and sippy cups would be manufactured without BPA.