Recently the Maine Legislature approved a ban on the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in packaging for baby food and infant formula. Has your state banned BPA’s yet?
BPA is found as a chemical compound in epoxy resins and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s. Many of these resin are used in food packaging. These chemical enter our bodies when we eat the food which has been packaged in containers made with these chemical. It is estimated that over 90% of the general public has BPA in their bodies at this time.
The effects of long term exposure to BPA’s are unknown at this time. Animal testing has shown a high probability of impacts on the brain, behavior and prostate glands effecting unborn and young children.
In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA.
In the interim:
• FDA is taking reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply. These steps include:
• supporting the industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups for the U.S. market;
• facilitating the development of alternatives to BPA for the linings of infant formula cans; and
• supporting efforts to replace BPA or minimize BPA levels in other food can linings.
• FDA is supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA.
• FDA is seeking further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA.
Read more about harmful BPA’s here
Read the FDA Update on BPA here
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