In not so shocking news, major players in the the food industry and business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want to make sure that bisphenol-A (BPA) stays in consumer food and beverage containers. Sweet!
According to the Washington Post, the bill on the table, meant to improve food safety, was already passed overwhelmingly by the House last year. The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) better regulatory authority over food production and place greater responsibility on manufacturers and farmers to produce food free from contamination. The bill has bipartisan support and backing from the White House, and it was expected to come to the Senate floor before the Memorial Day recess.
Of course there’s a glitch. The food industry, among other large organizations, is upset with one of the bill’s proposed amendments that would ban BPA from food and beverage containers. The Post notes that Scott Faber, vice president for federal affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents food companies and retailers says…
“We will not support food safety legislation that bans or phases out BPA from any food and beverage container.”
BPA, while controversial in regards to actual health effects, has been studied almost to death and has been found to have major health risks. However, the big wigs like The FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health all want to waste time examining whether or not BPA is an actual risk before making a statement about the safety of BPA in food and drink containers. EVEN though these groups have already been studying BPA for years and multiple studies have already shown that BPA exposure is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, decreased sensitivity to chemotherapy in cancer patients, developmental and brain effects in infants and more. Also, just recently the FDA admitted that BPA needs harsher regulations.
I’m not sure what BPA is bad golden ticket everyone is searching for but by the time the food industry finds said ticket it could be too late for families already exposed to BPA. Lame all around.
Oh, and if you’d like to know all the folks who want your family to have BPA, check out the following list. All of these lovely organizations feel that the BPA issue, “Sets a dangerous precedent and deserves your NO vote.” Nice! Thanks guys.
- American Chemistry Council
- American Electronics Association
- California Chamber of Commerce
- California Grocers Association
- California League of Food Processors
- California Manufacturers and Technology Association
- California Retailers Association
- Food Products Association
- Grocery Manufacturers of America
- International Bottled Water Association
- Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
- Metal Container Corp.
- Phthalate Esters Panel
- The Society of the Plastics Industry
- Toy Industry Association