Jun 10 2013
New bill requires clear labels when packaging contains harmful chemical Bisphenol-A
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act of 2013, a bill to require labels on consumer food packaging that contains the endocrine-disrupting chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA). The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a safety assessment of food containers with BPA.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as BPA alter the function of the body’s hormonal system and mimic estrogen in the body. Studies show links between exposure to BPA and risks to human health, particularly in babies and young children.
Specifically, the Feinstein bill requires food products with BPA to include a clear label informing consumers that: “This food packaging contains BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical.”
“Scientific evidence continues to mount that BPA exposure is a risk to human health, especially for children. Therefore, it is essential that consumers know what chemicals are in the products they purchase,” said Feinstein. “Our children should not be used as guinea pigs by chemical companies when their parents are left in the dark about these harmful products.”
More than 200 scientific studies have linked BPA exposure to breast and other cancers; reproductive disorders; cardiac disease; diabetes; early puberty; and other problems. In recent years, many chemical companies, manufacturers, retailers and state legislatures have stopped using BPA.
Feinstein added: “Despite some progress eliminating BPA from certain children’s products, it is critical that we properly label the products that still contain it. In my view, consumers should have the right to make informed decisions about the everyday products they purchase.”
Senator Feinstein is the author of a proposed federal ban on BPA in children’s products and was instrumental in the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to halt the use of BPA in many baby products. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Angus King (I-Maine).