It's a sad day when 11th-hour lobbying by the chemical industry can derail a bipartisan effort to protect kids from a chemical linked to breast cancer. But that's how the effort to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups ended today in the U.S. Senate.
The BPA amendment was to be offered by Sen. Feinstein as part of the larger Food Safety Modernization Act today, but the American Chemistry Council jumped in to block the amendment at the last minute. BPA is a synthetic estrogen linked to a laundry list of serious health problems, including breast cancer. Developing children are particularly at risk from its effects.
Needless to say, this isn't the news we'd hoped to report today. Lots more details in our press release from this afternoon.