Feinstein presses FDA for action against BPA

Bisphenol A (BPA) has never harmed anyone.

Environment & Energy Daily reports:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to take strong action on the controversial plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA), urging the agency to ban it from food and drink containers.

FDA is currently reviewing whether it should consider a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asking the agency to ban the chemical from all food packaging.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg obtained by E&E Daily, Feinstein, a California Democrat, urged FDA “to take a strong position against this chemical.”

Feinstein goes on to note that BPA has been linked to harmful health effects in “over 200 scientific studies,” including brain and behavioral disorders, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and early puberty.

She also emphasized that BPA is suspected to be particularly harmful in children.

“BPA is used in everything from infant formula to canned foods to receipt paper,” Feinstein wrote. “For too long, BPA has been used without a determination of safety and I feel strongly that it should be removed from products where it can leach into food and beverages”…

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