Senator Markey, Representatives Capps and Meng seek to increase FDA’s authority to require safer food additives.
(SAN FRANCISCO) Bisphenol A (BPA), the notorious chemical banished from baby bottles due to concerns about its impact on the health of young children, is the target of federal legislation that would ban BPA from food and beverage containers and require the FDA to review the safety of other potentially toxic chemicals used in food packaging.
The “Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act of 2014” was introduced into both chambers of Congress today. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a long-time champion of this legislation when serving in the House of Representatives, introduced the Senate bill, while Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) took the lead on companion legislation in the House. If passed, the bill will empower the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove BPA from food packaging, label food packaging that still contains BPA while alternatives are developed, encourage manufacturers to replace this hazardous chemical with alternatives that are safer for workers and consumers, and require the agency to review the safety of all food contact substances.
“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,” said Senator Edward J. Markey.
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