Senate Poised to Vote on Democrat-Sponsored Bill Banning Chemical That the FDA Says Is Safe

April 9, 2010 06:19

“Basing regulatory regimes not on proven standards and science but on hunches and fearmongering is not looking out for consumers, it is reckless.”

( –  When it returns from Easter break next week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would ban the commonly used chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), despite repeated assertions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the compound is safe.

The Ban Poisonous Additives Act, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would bar the use of  BPA in food containers.

BPA has been used routinely in hard plastic food containers, water bottles, and medical devices for decades — both to reinforce plastic and as a lining in metal cans. In the latter case, the chemical is part of a lining that allows cans to withstand the high heat to which they are necessarily exposed to ensure they are sterilized and to keep food from spoiling. It also keeps food from directly making contact with the metal.

The FDA reviewed its position on the safety of the chemical in January and reaffirmed it was safe in its current uses and levels.

“If we thought it was unsafe, we would be taking strong regulatory action,” FDA Deputy Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said at a news conference.


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