The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must be feeling the pressure to do something about BPA pretty intensely right now. And right it should. As we wait for the agency to meet its March 31 deadline to respond to a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Fund to ban this toxic chemical linked to breast cancer from food packaging, today Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., added his own petitions to the FDA asking for a similar ban. This is the first time a member of Congress has used the FDA’s citizen petition process to pressure the FDA to take regulatory action, signaling a growing frustration on the part of policymakers and the public alike with the FDA’s failure to act on this critical public health issue.
The FDA’s inaction is in stark contrast to consumer and industry action. Last week, the Breast Cancer Fund’s Cans Not Cancer campaign publicized the fact that Campbell Soup Company will phase out the use of BPA in its can linings. Baby bottle and sports water bottle manufacturers abandoned BPA over the last few years. At the public policy level, 11 states have banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups, and three of those states have also banned it from infant formula and baby food.
The Breast Cancer Fund submitted a letter of support for Markey’s petitions, signed by organizations representing millions of concerned citizens who are saying loud and clear that it’s time the FDA get BPA out of all food packaging.
And you can make your voice heard today: tell the FDA to declare BPA in food packaging unsafe once and for all.