BPA ban

Federal Ban on BPA in Food Packaging Introduced in Congress

With the emergence of a number of scientific studies emerge regarding the health effects of bisphenol A, the case for bisphenol A's elimination from food products grows ever stronger. Recent studies have connected the chemical to a myriad of health problems, largely related to hormonal disruptions, and in light of these overwhelming studies, the case for eliminating bisphenol A from the food system has made it to Congress at last.

UPDATE: California Judge Sides With ACC on BPA Lawsuit

Proposed legislation that would list bisphenol A as a hazardous chemical under California's Proposition 65 was stalled by a judge last Friday, who has granted a preliminary injunction to the American Chemistry Council's case against listing the chemical. This move effectively removes bisphenol A from the Proposition 65 list until a decision is reached.

NATIONWIDE BAN- BPA

France has banned the chemical bisphenol A in food packaging, beginning with baby products in 2013 and progressing to all food packaging in 2015.

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France Bans BPA in Food Packaging

Following a vote yesterday, the French Parliament has voted to ban bisphenol A from food packaging, beginning with baby food packaging next year and progressing to cover all food packaging by the year 2015. According to an article on the Hurriyet Daily News:

New York County Bans BPA-Laced Register Receipts

Suffolk County, New York has announced that is is joining the ranks of states looking to eliminate the ubiquitous chemical bisphenol A from consumers' lives by enacting a ban on BPA in cash register receipts. BPA is often present at dangerous levels in cash register receipts, and it is with this toxicity in mind that Suffolk county has decided to make a stand against the chemical, despite continued debate at the federal level. According to an article posted yesterday on ENews Park Forest:

PlasticsEurope Protests as France Adopts BPA Ban

PlasticsEurope, an industry body representing the interests of plastics manufacturers in the EU, are protesting the French ban of bisphenol A that is set to go into effect in January of 2015. The industry group, according to Plastics News, is insisting that France's ban on the endocrine disruptor is uncalled for because, they assert, no real evidence exists to prove that BPA is harmful. Furthermore, they say that France's actions will damage trade relations irreparably for the plastics industry. According to the article:

Trade Association Claims French BPA Ban Creates Contradictory Messages

The French Senate Committee has recently passed a ban on bisphenol A  in food packaging, due to take effect in 2015, but this action has caused irritation amongst members of the BPA Coalition, an industry group which supports the chemical's use. The BPA Coalition insists that a majority of scientific evidence points to the fact that bisphenol A is "safe," and claim that France's legislation could create a problem for plastic trade. 

France to Ban Bisphenol A by 2015

European Plastics News announced today that the French Senate has made a descision to ban bisphenol A in food packaging by the year 2015. The Senate, citing a number of studies through which bisphenol A has been shown to be detrimental to the health of animals, has declared that it sees no reason to “wait for absolute proof of causality or understand the exact mechanisms to protect the health of populations.” According to European Plastics News:

BPA-Free Baby Bottles Now Law, But We're Not in the Clear

In an extensive piece published on the Huffington Post Green site today, food writer Kristin Wartman discusses the recent legislation passed by the United States Food and Drug Administration banning bisphenol-A in baby bottles, and the political implications it has had. While bisphenol-A is no longer allowed to be used in baby products, there are a number of endocrine disruptors with similar properties that could be taking its place. Wartman writes that:

Legal Battle Erupts Over Whose Plastic Consumers Should Trust

In a recent story from National Public Radio's show "All Things Considered," John Hamilton raises an interesting debate that surrounds the plastics industry. He discusses the growing demand of consumers for what they consider to be "safe plastics," plastics that do not contain the estrogen producing hormone known as bisphenol-A, amongst a number of other similar chemicals. Hamilton writes that many studies have found plastics produce endocrine disrupting effects even if they didn't display signs of this before usage.

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