A recently published FDA report in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has a number of Congressman calling for action. The report (need to be logged in to access, membership is free) sites that levels of bisphenol A(BPA) were found in 71 of 78 canned foods that were tested. In some of the cans that were tested the level of BPA reached 730 parts per billion. This report furthers the Congressional call to put a ban on BPA, as previously the target was a ban on BPA in children’s products.
Rep. Ed Markey(D-MA) and Sen. Feinstein(D-CA) spoke up on the issue to E&E Daily. Markey told E&E Daily that, “It is clear that BPA is present in more than just baby bottles and poses serious health risks, especially to children. It is time for Congress to act quickly to ban BPA from all food and beverage containers.” While Sen. Feinstein, who led the charge last year against BPA in the Senate, said “This new FDA study adds to previous science demonstrating the link between exposure to BPA and harmful health effects such as cancers, reproductive disorders, early puberty and more.” She continued on, “Now that the FDA has confirmed that BPA is in fact leaching into everyday foods -- including finding BPA in over 90% of canned foods tested -- it is time to take the first simple step and banish BPA from feeding products for babies and children."
Rep. Markey and Sen. Feinstein hope with the findings in reports such as this and the action that a number of states have taken to ban BPA, that Congress will begin to take a serious look at the situation. Currently 10 states have banned BPA at some level and at least 6 others have legislation pending that would do the same. Only time will tell if it makes a difference at the Federal level, currently Congress doesn’t appear to plan on moving forward with any BPA legislation. The Environment Protection Agency(EPA) is trying to push forward and add BPA to its list of “chemicals of concern.” Once that happens it is possible that more stringent regulations could come.