U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) has re-introduced legislation (H.R. 2248) that would prohibit the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in all food and beverage containers. Titled the “Ban Poisonous Additives Act 2013,” the bill would “ban reusable food and beverage containers (e.g., thermoses) and other food containers (e.g., canned food and formula) that contain BPA from being sold or introduced into commerce.”
“It’s time to take the worry out of feeding America’s kids by taking the BPA out of infant formula, canned goods, and other food and beverage containers,” said Markey, who has been working to remove BPA from food and beverage containers since 2008. “Parents, consumers, and doctors are all asking to get BPA out of our bodies. It’s time to ban this chemical and move to safer alternatives.”
The proposed legislation would also (i) permit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue one-year waivers if a facility “demonstrates that it is not technologically feasible to replace bisphenol A in the certain type of container or containers for such particular food product or products”; (ii) require manufacturers that receive a waiver to submit “a plan and timeline for removing bisphenol A from such type of container or containers for that food product or products” and to “display a prominent warning on the label that the container contains bisphenol A”; and (iii) require FDA to review substances that have been previously approved for use in manufacturing food and beverage containers and to limit the use of substances that FDA determines may pose health risks.
The proposal is supported by 19 other Democratic members of Congress and endorsed by the American Nurses Association, Clean Water Action, Breast Cancer Fund, Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group, and other consumer protection organizations. See Rep. Edward Markey News Release, June 4, 2013.