In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate will decide on critical legislation that will affect the safety of the food supply in our nation. The Breast Cancer Fund and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working hard to ensure that the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 includes protections from bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to breast cancer that's used in food packaging.
Some of our Senators still need to be convinced that getting BPA out of baby food and infant formula is an urgent food safety issue that MUST be addressed in this bill. Toxic chemicals just don't belong in infant formula cans, baby food jars, baby bottles or sippy cups.
BPA leaches from food packaging into food and then into babies. It's used in some plastic and most of the epoxy resins that line formula cans and baby food jar lids. The scientific literature points to food as a major route of exposure to BPA, which is found in nearly all Americans.
BPA is so toxic that parts per billion or even parts per trillion have been shown to cross the placenta and disrupt normal prenatal development. More than 200 studies have linked BPA exposures at very low levels to breast cancer and other serious health problems.
Americans expect and believe that our government is safeguarding our health—and the health of our families—from dangerous chemical exposures. Including BPA protections in the Food Safety Modernization Act is an important step in that direction.
After you've sent your letter, please forward this message to your friends and neighbors and ask them to send letters, too. We need support from all over the country to get this BPA provision into the food safety bill!What Is BPA?
- A synthetic estrogen
- Found in 93% of Americans
- Linked to breast and prostate cancer, cardiac disease, obesity, diabetes, altered development of the brain and immune systems, lowered sperm counts and early puberty—even at low doses
- 2 billions pounds produced annually in the U.S.
- Used in polycarbonate (#7) plastic and epoxy resins, for a range of consumer products, including water bottles, food cans, CDs, receipts, dental sealants and more
For more information, please see post on Endangered Spaces B is for Bisphenol A (BPA)