Oct. 11, 2011: Markey to FDA: Now Is Time To Ban BPA From All Food, Beverage Containers
Lawmaker is author of Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released the following statement today after the FDA announced plans to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and children’s “sippy cups”. Although BPA is no longer used in most baby bottles and sippy cups, cans of baby formula and children’s canned food products are still lined with BPA that readily leaches into the food children eat.
“I commend the FDA for their long-overdue proposal to ban BPA in baby bottles and children’s sippy cups,” said Rep. Markey. “Now that the FDA has taken this initial step, it’s time the agency focus on ridding BPA from all food and beverage containers, including cans of baby food and formula. Parents have enough to be concerned about without having to worry that feeding time could include toxic chemicals. I have long advocated for the banning of BPA in all food and beverage containers, and have introduced The Ban Poisonous Additives Act to keep BPA out of our bodies and ensure that all food and beverage containers are free from dangerous chemicals.”
For the past three Congresses, Rep. Markey has led the fight to ban BPA from all food and beverage containers by introducing H.R. 432, The Ban Poisonous Additives Act. Research has found that BPA leaches from containers into food and beverages and has been linked to cancer, reproductive dysfunction and heart disease. Studies have also found that many commercially available plastic resins and products, including baby bottles and other products advertised as BPA- free, release chemicals having hormone activity, similar to BPA.