Democrats Introduce Bill to Ban BPA Use in All Food, Beverage Containers

Bloomberg BNA — Three Democrats introduced a bill July 9 that would ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and beverage containers.

The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014 is sponsored by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.).

“It's time to take the worry out of the workplace for our factory workers by taking the BPA out of canned goods and other food and beverage containers,” Markey said in a statement. “The Ban Poisonous Additives Act will help ensure that our factories and our entire food supply are free from this damaging chemical. It's time to ban BPA and move to safer alternatives.”

Thirty-four environmental groups wrote a letter supporting the bill, which has also been endorsed by the BlueGreen Alliance and occupational health and safety groups.

The American Chemistry Council called the bill unnecessary after recent Food and Drug Administration studies failed to find any harm caused by BPA.

The Food and Drug Administration in 2013 banned the use of BPA-based epoxy resins in coatings for baby formula packaging after determining the industry has abandoned use of the substance. That decision came in response to a March 2012 petition from then-Rep. Edward Markey.

Rat Study Conducted

The FDA in February found that seven low doses of BPA given to rats didn't cause harm. The study is part of a broader effort the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is funding to examine health effects of BPA.

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