Environmental Groups Call Upon The FDA

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In the response to the new Consumer Reports study that found BPA in common, name-brand canned goods, the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and other environmental groups have joined forces to call on the FDA to act immediately to protect consumers from this hazardous chemical in our food supply. Consumer Reports‘ latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested contain some BPA. Some goods labeled “BPA-free” even contained BPA.

The Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Action, Clean New York, Center for Health Environment, & Justice, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Environmental Council and other environmental health advocates support Consumer Union’s new report demonstrating contamination of canned food products with the synthetic sex hormone bisphenol A (BPA), which leaches from the can linings. Being there is no research as to what is a safe level of the chemical to ingest, health and environment groups are appalled. Already knowing the links between BPA and health issues, these groups want the FDA to put a stop to it immediately.

“The Consumer Reports report results are sobering, and confirm what we already know: that Americans are exposed to toxic BPA every day through canned food,” said Janet Nudelman at the Breast Cancer Fund. “A synthetic estrogen linked to breast cancer should not be in our food, period. It’s well past time to ban BPA from food and beverage containers.”

Bobbi Chase Wilding of Clean New York says, “More and more studies are demonstrating hazard from this chemical. But consumers should not have to read scientific journals to determine what is safe when shopping for their families. FDA needs to step up and step in.”

“Unfortunately, the chemical industry has already come out swinging, trying to refute some of Consumer Reports’ statements. If industry spent their time and energy formulating nontoxic can liners instead of spending it on public relations and confusing consumers this discussion would’ve been over long ago, and we’d all have less exposure.”

Mike Schade from the Center for Health, Environment, & Justice adds, “We know that there are companies which want to do the right thing. WalMart, Target, Babies R Us, Nalgene, Camelbac and others have been working provide their customers with safer, BPA-free products – the products consumers want. The time has come for the food industry to follow suit.”

Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN, director of Environment and Health Programs, Physicians for Social Responsibility says, “Endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA are linked to systemic inflammation that contributes to the development of diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease , metabolic syndrome and hypertension. A critical step to decreasing the public health burden of these chronic diseases is to stop exposure to this chemical now.”

Consumers Union sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting that they move this year to ban the use of BPA in food- and beverage-contact materials.

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