NRDC Sues FDA Over BPA

Today, NRDC filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to act on a petition to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, food containers, and other materials likely to come into contact with food.  The FDA has failed to take action for more than 18 months in response to an NRDC petition, even though the agency expressed concern about the effects of early life exposure to BPA on brain and reproductive development in January, 2010. In our petition, NRDC argues that the existing scientific evidence is more than sufficient to conclude that BPA in our food supply is not safe for human consumption.

BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastics, which are commonly used in consumer products including baby bottles, sippy cups, and reusable water bottles. BPA can leach from these containers into the liquid inside. Another major use of BPA is in the resin lining of canned food and beverages, including beer and soda cans, and canned liquid infant formula. Most people are exposed to BPA by eating contaminated food, and BPA has been detected in infant formula, canned food, and canned beverages.

The FDA has been slow to acknowledge current science on BPA and has been reluctant to regulate the use of this chemical in food packaging. While they continue to conduct research and deliberate when there will be enough evidence to compel them to act, Americans continue to be exposed on a daily basis to this chemical which has been linked to a wide array of harmful effects. entire article here

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3 Responses to NRDC Sues FDA Over BPA

  1. barbhirsch says:

    Ecofacts V.5 n.32 21st c. packaging
    Granted, it’s a tiny detail of life to be concerned with – plastic packaging – bags, containers and shipping materials, aside from the plastic things that come in them. But if you take a trip to a big box store, or a store that sells things in quantity … well, any supermarket or drugstore, hardware store … okay, almost ANY store – and look around with plastic seeking eyes … and then consider the billions of us, wow, that’s a lot o’ plastic. All made with oil (close to a gallon per week for each of us) not biodegradable, toxic when burned, sitting and leaching in the dumps, excepting the small amount that is recycled, and that to be made into more things that probably will not be recycled. Around a third of municipal waste is packaging. A sad state, even if a tiny one, in the big country of life.

    Some companies know that consumers might actually be interested in these things. Think of chip bags (billions) made of plastic and (mined) aluminum foil. Sun Chips from Frito Lay are now being produced in truly compostable bags made with the biopolymer Ingeo, from corn. “So you eat the chips. The earth eats the bag.”* Naturally Iowa is one of a few small companies selling water in bottles made with the same stuff. Stahlbush Island Farms in Oregon is packaging their frozen fruits and vegetables in compostable packaging. More importantly, large plastics suppliers like Cargill (Natureworks), Cereplast and BASF, and the Asian side of the industry are all working on naturally sourced plastics.

    As for packing materials, practically everything is made elsewhere and must get safely here. Dell Netbook computers are now being shipped in molded bamboo. More and more starch based packing peanuts are being used instead of styrofoam, U-Haul only sells these now. Mycobond is a new molded composite material grown from agricultural waste and mushrooms, requires just one-eighth the energy to produce and generates one-tenth the carbon dioxide of traditional foam packing material.

    Soon, plastics may not be made from oil. That part is great. But, will there be enough other resources to produce the use-once-and-toss items we now demand? Or will that model, so twentieth century, get tossed?

    *http://www.fritolay.com/our-planet/making-a-better-bag.html
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2010/0728/Mushrooms-used-to-make-eco-friendly-packaging

    ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~ ^ ~
    Barbara Hirsch, recording engineer, eco-person
    “Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
    nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
    — The Lorax, Children’s book by Dr. Seuss

  2. Nell Strijbos-Arthur says:

    I was at the Aspen screening this weekend and I can not remember which plastic containers to not use. I think I remember you saying that #1 and #2 are the better ones if you have to use them. Do not use #4, 6 and 7 is what I think you said.
    Thanks for the reply.
    Nell

    • bagitmovie says:

      Hi Nell,
      The plastics to be aware of are #3 (PVC-poly vinyl chloride), #6 (PS-poly styrene), and #7 (PC-polycarbonate). #7 is a bit tricky because it is the number for OTHER, so if you see #7 with PLA or some other initials it is probably a bio plastic and fine to be in contact with food. Tricky and confusing, I know!
      Best,
      Suzan

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